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Robert Frost once said that he could sum up in three words everything he’d learned about life: “It goes on.”

In this neat poem, at once in praise of the noble life of the beloved runner, teacher and coach, Joni Adams, who was swept away in the recent flooding here in West Virginia, Andy Spradling, with a touch as subtle as passing time and as surprising as rising floodwaters, revisits this universal and sometimes bewildering theme.

Joni

The warrior runner ignores the pain
And pushes on.
The gentle woman educates children for a lifetime
And pushes on.
The warrior runner charts miles month after month, year after year
And pushes on.
The gentle woman smiles warmly, treating people kindly, as only she can
And pushes on.
The warrior runner fights off injury from pounding the pavement
And pushes on.
The gentle woman lovingly cares for her elderly mother
And pushes on.
The warrior runner wants only to save some cherished mementos
And pushes on.
The uncaring water rises fast, enters her home
And pushes on.

Copyright 2016