Marathon is a film about poet laureate William Meredith and his partner Richard Harteis, also a poet, but almost three decades his junior. After seventeen years together, Meredith suffered a devastating stroke. With help from some friends and family, and opposition and interference from others, Harteis dedicated himself to the long and exhausting task of Meredith's rehabilitation and care. They continued together for another sixteen years --Meredith wrote again, gaining even wider recognition--until he died at age 88.
Poems are hard to read
Pictures are hard to see
Music is hard to hear
And people are hard to love
But whether from brute need
Or divine energy
At last mind eye and ear
And the great sloth heart will move.
The two oaks lean apart for light.
They aren't as strong as lone oaks
but in a wind they give each other lee.
Daily since I cleared them I can see
them, tempting to chain saw and ax—
two hardwoods, leaning like that for light.
...bandaged comrades, lending each other lee.
...yoked in this yoke:
two men, leaning apart for light,
but in a wind who give each other lee.