Horses can run a mile in two minutes –
Humans can do the same in four –
Reasonable enough – if the wit
Considers that humans run on two –
While horses run on four
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.
Notes to this poem…
The relations between the number of legs and minutes it takes for each, human and horse, to run a mile, was just something I noticed from a coincidence of having seen something about Roger Bannister breaking the four minute mile barrier running and some horse racing within a close time span. It was as simple as that, and I was in enough of a poetry writing groove that I even took the mental connection and committed it to poetry.
Just as a note of curiosity, this poem was written over a year before I ever started distance running, although I did run a few times a year to get out some frustrations in my life where I just exhausted myself at doing something I wasn’t well prepared to do rather than punching in a wall or beating the crap out of something to take out my frustrations. I sometimes preferred to hit tennis balls against a wall until my arms felt they were going to fall off for the same sort of end result to take out frustrations as running often did to me when I went to try it. Who knew I’d be good at distance running years later on?
The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.