High school was tough. But P.E. was torture. Here are some reasons why P.E. was the worst.


1. The song of the whistle is a wordless hymn from long ago. A calling we must answer though we know not why.

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2. To go: around and around. To run. Where?


3. The track has no beginning and no end.

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4. In the locker room we exchange our clothes for a uniform of fitness. A garment designed for sweating. The relentless leaking of the body in motion.

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5. We are running out of breath. We are all running out of breath.

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6. There is a rope that goes nowhere and we are made to climb it.

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7. We stretch our limbs in a rehearsal of limitations. A ritual of corporeal failure. We are bending our bones.

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8. Where will the lopsided ball bounce? None can say. Its path is unpredictable. Its fate unknown.

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9. There is an aching in our sides. The chronic sickness of perpetual exertion.

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10. We have forgotten stillness.

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