THE PIECE

 

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1  If I only had one more chance to run, swim, pedal  Andrew Nisker
2  One more chance to burn the fuel inside me –  Gregory Betty 
3  I'd take my mark   Robert Marrs
4  and ready my body to unleash all it has inside it.  Bill MacMackin 
5  My mind would quiet the thoughts that seek the spotlight.  Maude Boucher
6  My breath, nothing else, is the one that utters: go.  Anna Willams 
7  and on the sound of the gun  Robert Marrs
8  I’d move with the gift I’ve been given –  Ann Peel 
9  the one I’ve spent my lifetime trying to earn.  Abbie Milavdky
10  and me and the others who also believe what's inside them,  Anonymous 
11  We’d run and we’d fire with every single thing we have.  Robert Marrs 
12  The wind in our face, the roar of the crowd,  Carr Trumpy
13  our breath in our legs in our arms in our lungs.  Melanie Hazell
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15  it wouldn't capture all the moments that came before it   Kathryn Watt 
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17  Like the time I was first to cross the line  Steve Lougheed
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19  Shining bright.  Soma Ray-Ellis
20  Or the time I failed my own expectations  Anonymous
21  Couldn’t hurdle over what was in front of me.  Robert Marrs
22  The times when I caved, fell, broke,  Anonymous
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24  That time when they said I was over the hill, finished  Gabriel Flamminio
25  But I promised myself that this love I felt,  Burchill Financial Services
26  That this fire, though dim, still burned.  Mike Smith
27  So that when I went back and won victory again  Anonymous
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29  For this all started when I was young and small   Anonymous
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31  leapt like we had wings,  Sébastien Heins 
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33  Like our heroes.  Alexa Irvin
34  Our heroes showed us Strength, Practice, Patience,  Peter Wismath
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36  Getting hurt,   Burchill Financial Services
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38  We'd watch in wonder, lean in close, hover around the radio and   Anonymous
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40  and gather in fallen snow beneath a big screen that showed  Steve Lougheed
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42  We saw what any of us could be   Anonymous
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44  What any of us could fail at  Anonymous
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46  These heroes of ours  Frances Daprato
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48  and left all they had  Gerard Drouin 
49  behind them.   Tino DosSantos
50  In this,  Miles Rowat 
51  they gave us their gifts Anonymous 
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53  We’d scream at our televisions, shout with our families  Timothy Duncan 
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55  And in those moments  Robert Marrs
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57  Just these humans fighting with everything they have  Peter Wismath 
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60 before the lights came back on and we no longer heard the chorus in our head,   Leslie Henderson
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62  and our bodies felt connected to their kind.  Robert Marrs
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64  Rise before the crack of dawn  John Champion 
65  Pull up, push up, condition, train, not quit.  Tino DosSantos
66  And in our striving to be like the ones we believed in  Tino DosSantos
67  we endured and remained when our bodies and hearts got broken,  Zev Zlotnick
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69  To live fiercely, but tread lightly –  Anonymous
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71  For these are only borrowed moments. Ladislav Kucis
72  And just as all the ones before us rose and faded,  Robert Marrs
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74  into the sweet stillness of age and time fade  2020 Armor
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76  So let us, as we walk,  Robert Marrs
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78  and as we glance behind us and see the faces, the millions of eyes and  John-Charles Heins
79  glowing hearts beating strong  Louis-Charles Laliberte
80  Let us remember the privilege it is  Sheila Drouin 
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82  through our days and nights as messengers of what we can be.  Tino DosSantos
83  For when we push ourselves through barriers and walls,   Albert Laliberté
84  we might all feel the collapse of divisions and space between us.  Robert Marrs
85  And even if the world is sad or broken  Mary Cicinelli 
86  If people are angry or misunderstood   Gregory McKenzie
87  Perhaps we can quietly learn from our ancestors of sport   Jonathan Wigley
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89  our voices need to sing, our fists need to pound  Yan Huckendubler
90  And our hearts need to beat a little faster for something to believe in.  Gregory Betty 
91  For nowadays, though my laces aren’t as tight  Vincent Roy 
92  and I no longer run to stand the tallest ground,  Sean Cannon 
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94  and see their magnificence and wonder.  Robert Marrs
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96  I can only hope that in me somewhere is that same guidance  Luella Rose Mink 
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