Four Minutes: tribute to Sir Roger Bannister

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Farewell.

I couldn’t do it

Run that far in four minutes.

In four minutes I can:

Almost sew on a button

Maybe respond to an email

Almost boil an egg

Perhaps  walk 400 metres

But Sir Roger Bannister

Ran

He ran and ran

Til his lungs were bursting

And every tendon

Stretched till he had run

A mile; in less than four.

Breathless

The first man,

Panting

1954

Heart racing

Breaking  the record.

Amazing national hero.

Sir Roger Bannister

Breathed his last.

Yesterday.

Farewell.

 

Words above and picture copyright Englepip©

 

Sir Roger Bannister, a British athletic hero passed away yesterday 3rd March 2018 at the age of 88 years.

He was one of the last true amateur athletes running on a cinder track just outside Oxford. Wikipedia reads:

“In the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Bannister set a British record in the 1500 metres and finished fourth. This strengthened his resolve to be the first 4-minute miler. He achieved this feat on 6 May 1954 at Iffley Road track in Oxford, with Chris Chatawayand Chris Brasher providing the pacing. When the announcer, Norris McWhirter, declared “The time was three…”, the cheers of the crowd drowned out Bannister’s exact time, which was 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. Bannister’s record lasted just 46 days. He had reached this record with minimal training, while practising as a junior doctor.”

 

 

Daily Prompt: The Magic of Fabric

P1350560One of my favourite shops pictured above: Healey & James*

Who could believe that the vibrant red and orange cloths so smooth and soft, began life as animal and plant fibres? That a goat once wore the delicate closely-woven fabric: cashmere wool and that caterpillar spit would make the flimsiest and most prized cloth of all: silk, that the fluff around a seed pod could be made into hardwearing cloth: cotton, or that strands of the flax plant stem could be turned into linen? And the dyes, all products of the animal and plant kingdoms or even synthetic chemicals. It’s like magic.

Haiku 1 Cashmere

Fabric soft against my face

Vibrant cashmere yarn

Pashmina round my shoulders.

Haiku 2: Silk

Diaphanous patterned silk

Slips delicately

Threads of  Eastern moth cocoons

The Fabric shop

Photos and words copyright to Englepip©

 

*Healey & James Textile Merchant, Hartley Park Farm Business Centre, Selborne Rd, Alton GU34 3HS

via Daily Prompt: Fabric