From John Ratliff:

X-Country Practice 

The quiet thumping of rubber souls crunching on the trail as the team runs by together

Steam rising as they exhale

like early morning dragons

moving so fast I almost expect them to spread their wings and take flight

I remember the magic feeling of the endorphins kicking in, the cramp in my side becoming less noticeable until it disappeared completely

And throughout the remainder of my day, I carried with me a focused sense of calm which helped me concentrate in class. I felt like a fox who had secretly swallowed a rabbit, like a wizard with an extra ability, like a spirit floating down the halls, surreal, serene, untouchable…

 

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