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THE BLACK RUNNER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm awake, I'm away!
Last Line: My feet in the dust.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tremaine, John
Subject(s): Track Athletics; Running Races; Pole Vaulting; Discus Throwing; Shot Putting; Running Hurdles


I'm awake, I'm away!
I have jewels in trust,
They are rights of the soul
That are holy and just;
There are deeds to be done,
There are goals to be won,
I am stripped for the race
In the glare of the sun
I am throbbing with faith
I can! And I must!
My forehead to God --
My feet in the dust.





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