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York Olympic Torch Relay: Relay

Posted on 27 June 2012 | Poem

York Olympic Torch Relay: Relay

Driving flame through the veins of Yorkshire,
fire in the belly, pounding miles
beneath blue sky, as if the torch
has lit the sun. Running hard,
each stroke an echo of steady steps,
heart and breath, tensing muscle,
pull and stretch. Here we go-
a little further, a little faster,
piston arms blurring as we rush
through dizzy fields, unyielding pace
gathering speed, machine sinews
unrelenting, pushing onwards.

And here at the heart, a flickering flame
passed hand to hand, a blazing baton
sparking dreams, drawing cheers,
waving flags and smiles, then gone
but leaving its light: here a swimmer,
here a runner, here a gymnast,
here a triathlete. And over there,
the child glimpsed waving from the gate,
I imagine twelve years down the line,
running hard beneath blue sky,
fire in the belly, pounding miles,
driving flame through the veins of Yorkshire.

- Oz Hardwick