The Climb to Andorra Arcalis

"Lance Armstrong trails only Fabian
Canellara of Switzerland entering a 139-
mile mountain stage. . . . with a grueling
uphill finish. . . ."
Washington Post, July 10, 2009

The wheels turn turn turn,
legs pumping, muscles aching.

Whenever anyone knocks him
down, he always gets right up
.

But, now, at thirty-seven, almost
thirty-eight? The question hangs.

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He refuses to be the last man
struggling winded to the summit,

his eyes on the goal, the cyclist
ahead with bright yellow jersey,

blue eyes burning like gas jets
a-flame a-flame a-flame.

Christopher T. George