Posts Tagged ‘loss’


This poem was inspired by a story of a glacier sliding down a mountainside in the Alps due to global warming.

i’ve been here a thousand years
high up in the cold, clear air
of the mountains, watching life
come and go around me

now i am slowly disappearing, dying
it began as a trickle of water
flowing unnoticed down the rock
towards the valley below

a trickle turned into a cascade of
crystal clear water making birds,
mammals and people look up to see
this new waterfall creating its path

now no-one comes to see
i am so much smaller than i was
losing size and shape as i
slide down the mountain

i am losing my home
sliding into the
abyss of oblivion
my life is ebbing away

there is nothing i can do
to stop this, i am powerless
but you are not
you have the power to change

use it to stop
more deaths like mine
to maintain the fragile
balance earth needs to survive

use it to prevent
your own demise
or your death will be
the last one you see


I enjoy a challenge. The thought of a challenge keeps me going. However yesterday I may have gone a step too far because I entered the Eccup 10 race and when I saw 10 I assumed it was kilometres. However as my friend Nic kindly pointed out to me later on 10 was miles or around 16.5 kilometers, oops.

So what do you do? Back out and say you’re not ready for the race bearing in mind you’ve only been running seriously since March? Or do you admit your mistake and take on the challenge knowing it will be tough and painful but worthwhile at the end?

I decided to take on the challenge.

True I’ve only been running seriously since March and my 5k times have come down from 45+ minutes to 29:26. But 5k is as far as I’ve raced. I’ve entered the Pudsey 10k, another error on my part as for some reason I remember Pudsey being flat as a kid, but in the 40 years since I lived near it Pudsey has developed hills, quite a few by the sound of it.

My weight has come down too from 253lbs to 219lbs, a good weight loss but is it enough to run 10 miles in a decent time? Speaking of which I put in an estimated time of 1 ½ hours when it should be nearer 2 hours.

So I’m a moderately fit, slightly overweight, middle aged man with a poor memory who doesn’t read the large print and underestimates courses whilst over estimating his own abilities!

But I’ve decided to take on this challenge and I am going to do it. the race is on 5th July so I have plenty of time to prepare if I use it right. One thing I’m doing is cutting out alcohol. This will help with my fitness and weight loss goals. And there’s other goals I want to achieve in that time. Some are goals involving only me, others involve other people. But we will see which of these goals happen and which don’t.

But the hard work starts tonight with my writing workshop down in Halifax. Normally I drive but tonight I’m going to run down there and then run back, all the way uphill for around 3 miles. Should be interesting to see how I get on!