A young man jumps a hurdle,
caught in mid-air by the camera (low and to his right).,
His left leg is straight and high,
many inches above the bar--his shoe seems
level with his head--
and the right is still bent, still low, behind him and the hurdle.
His head, with its cap of dark hair, inclines forward
so we see the front of his face:
His cheekbones stand out,.his mouth is a slighly open,
showing a few teeth; the dark- browed eyes
focus down on that left leg and the hurdle: :it is all intent on his task.
How and what if he misses? The right shoe, if the leg doesn't rise high enough
may catch on the hurdle, plunging him straight down on his face
in the gravel , or if he gets an arm down in the fall,
he might break the arm.. He cannot afford the time to be afraid.
This is not the last hurdle of the track
And there are
so many more