The Marathon



When the Ethiopian crossed the finish line on spindly legs,
the cheers to his victory
rose with the waves of billowing white smoke
from the bomb that blew off the legs of the small spectator,
waiting to watch his father run by.


Silent, the boy sat in his blood, and
that of many others who had come to Boston
from around the world
on the Sunny April day
to cheer twenty-seven thousand
run to their separate victories,
yet go home in defeat.
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About June Stephenson

June Stephenson is the author of 20 books about women’s issues, parental responsibility, the humanities, philosophy, comparative religion, music, architecture, parenting, sexual abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, incest, crime, women’s studies, aging, tyranny, family, marriage, and divorce. The accomplished author has a degree from Stanford in economics and a Ph.D. in psychology with 25 years of teaching experience in history and English. Stephenson’s well-researched and documented approach combined with an easy-to-read style, offers readers enrichment and enjoyment. She also is an award-winning artist with many red ribbons from juried art shows throughout California. Stephenson has two daughters and two granddaughters, and lives in Palm Desert, California, with her Labradoddle named Happy.

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