THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 266

Around the Track

Our PE teacher
made us run a mile
in the hazy,
pollen-clogged air.
Three of the tallest, fastest
boys in the class
rushed around the track
in what seemed like seconds,
leaving the rest of us
panting and wheezing
in their wake.
“Pace yourself!” our PE teacher yelled.
“Breathe in through your nose.
Breathe out through your mouth.”
The air rasping over my tongue
began to taste stale,
causing my throat to ache.
I slowed to a walk,
and that was when I saw
Lindsey, Amanda, and Maddy
walking in the direction
of the storage building.
I increased my pace to a trot.

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