How many "one more's"?

How many “one more's"?

by Mike D'Andrea

A marathon, they say,


I start to wonder if the marathon is life

and what are we running for?

Every time it's "one more",

one more month,

just a bit more sacrifice and patience and pain

and “Don't you worry,

you'll get the medal that you've earned.

Just push a little more.”

How much can we endure?

The ribbon’s shredding, medal’s rusting,

hollow to the core.

And yet, we must keep pushing,

pushing, onward, upward.

Don't stop. Don't think.

Don't slow, keep it up.

What's waiting on the other side?

Just push a little more.


Featured in our December 2020 issue, "Creation During Covid (Part 2)"