Ligo Haibun Challenge | The Runner

The Runner. She always expected a sunshiny, carefree life. Never thought her older brother would die unexpectedly leaving her high school years like a living hell. Her brother’s shadow was her comfort zone. She followed him like a devoted fan. In her darkness, she grieved. Meandering slowly to the track field one day, she impulsively jumped into a race. Like a fleeting moment when the rays of the sun gently teases between the flickering tree leaves; she discovered her ability to run at top record-breaking speed.

On a full athletic scholarship, she raced successfully through college, met and married her running coach, trained, and later won four gold Olympic medals. No one questioned her superhuman running track record; but soon, missed drug testing began to uncover, the Runner’s excuses did not make sense. She stood firm that accidents, rumors were all part of the game. After all, she was, The Runner! However, court day came, her husband/coach made his full confession. Nevertheless, The Runner went on for years, vehemently denying steroid use. Hate lies, was all she said and watched her marriage evaporate under the heat. Her skin began to pale turning ashen white and finally, she lost all consciousness of the sun’s light and healing warmth.

Prison du palais des Doges

behind cold steel bars
denuded perjured runner
blinded beyond repair

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26 thoughts on “Ligo Haibun Challenge | The Runner

    • Sunshine says:

      sometimes it’s better to take the consequences of poor choice behavior instead of trying to cover it up…never ends up in a good place. thanks for running in… ☺

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  1. kz says:

    mygoodness this was such a powerful and heart-wrenching tale. specially since in the beginning, i cared for the character. well done 🙂

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  2. marymtf says:

    The need to run replaced the need to live in her brother’s shadow, I can see that. The Runner seems to me to be a compulsive type, replacing one compulsion with another.

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    • Sunshine says:

      keen observation, Mary. let’s hope this compulsive person never takes up gambling…that would be another story all on its own. ha ha. ☺
      ☼sunHUGS!!

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  3. LuAnn says:

    Well done Sunshine. Your story touched on a issue that more and more athletes have succumbed to here in the US. This was written with such emotion.

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    • Sunshine says:

      Unfortunately, as you say, LuAnn, total obsession to win big seems to be on the rise in the professional sport world. Maybe the pressure comes from the coaches and managers who profit with their star winners. It’s a hard fight.
      Thanks. ❤

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