THE LAST FIVE MILES
 

by SYLVI STEIN

To run 

is to beat 

the pavement 

back down, 

to scrape 

your miles 

into bone, 

to clutch 

the thrashing 

bird of 

your heart 

between 

sweat-slick 

palms, to 

remember you 

are moving 

through this 

world in slow 

motion, your 

body a bullet 

dragging through time thick 

as water, 

to run 

is to leave 

this heavy 

earth, to be 

the thick blue 

air rattling 

your lungs, 

to find 

the strength 

to take 

the sky 

into you, 

to hold it 

like breath, 

and to find

the strength to give it 

back.

AUTHOR BIO:

Sylvi Stein (she/her) is an undergraduate at Columbia University. Her writing has been published by Surgam, Eunoia Review, and The Decameron Project. In her spare time, Sylvi can be found wandering the aisles of used book stores, even though she has more than enough to read at home.