The Race of Life



Brushing my hair, powerful winds get drowned by
Rapturous beehives cheering and clapping
And stomping and screaming deafeningly
For me? Or my right opponent? Or left?

Track‒never-ending belt of mahogany
Chance of success so slim‒with end in reach
Take that final lunge and throw my chest up
I have to win; win for all who couldn’t.

Yet, I represent what I never should have,
A champion shining like burning stars.
No one believed, so I had no choice but to…
To finally achieve my American Dream.

Although I may stand alone in this crowd,
I still have sole rights to live my life proud.

About this poem

inspired by the painting by Ernie Barnes, “The American Dream”

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Submitted by saankhyapix on June 04, 2022

Modified on April 23, 2023

34 sec read
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Quick analysis:

Scheme XXXA XXXA XXXX BB
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 597
Words 114
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 2

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