The marathon is almost over: I’m staggering to the finish line

 

November 1966  Grade 10 Oakridge Secondary School London Ontario

 

The boys’ phys ed teacher, Madman McCarthy, sent us off to run cross country,

 

Through the desiccated bogs and wasteland surrounding our school.

 

We wore little white shorts and tee shirts, exuding decaying gym locker stench.

 

The run was a couple of miles long,

 

But many of the more intrepid dudes cheated, took a short cut,

 

And stopped to hang out, banter, and smoke in the barrens, amidst the yellowing shrubs.

 

For the last half a mile or so, the exhaustion was searing.

 

My classmate Ted McTavish and I staggered forward together,

 

Arms draped over each others’ shoulders,

 

To stave off collapse,

 

Until we lurched across the finish line, back at the school,

 

Where Madman, comfortably ensconced in a cushioned chair, clicked his stop watch.

 

 

Today my life has become a marathon run and I’m staggering to the finish line,

Alone, all alone.

Robert McBryde Author: IndieReader approved, adolescence, hippies, pop music, 1960s, 1970s, blogging, social media,  CBC radio, literary non-fiction, tales, short stories, vignettes, immigrant experience, sports, Quebec anglos, living in France,  childhood and animal stories, creative memoirs, satire, autobiography, family relations, fathers, raising children, aging, facing death, fear of death, travel, social commentary, love and marriage, translation: English-French; French-English

Publisher’s Note:  Funny, manic, and wistful… self-deprecating creative nonfiction…The author, Robert McBryde, a professional translator, has been compared to David Sedaris for the sometimes-snarky autobiographical satire characterizing his literary sketches. Many of the stories in his new book, titled My Time with You Has Been Short but Very Funny, have been featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio network.

Author’s Note:

I’ve written a new book of creative non-fiction titled My Time with You Has Been Short but Very Funny, recently published and now on the market. The book is based on stories that I told over the years as a writer/ broadcaster and host on CBC radio based in Quebec City, Canada.

The book is available via my website. The purchase links are at the bottom of the home page.

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Di’s review of My Time with You Has Been Short but Very Funny

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And, finally, a review from Amazon…

 

A Spirited Dive into Life’s Laughter and Tears (amazon.com)

 

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