Ode to the Athlete

February 12, 2018

Muscles rippling

Feet in synchronous motion

Bodies swimming as fish

Boxers pulsating with energy and punch


The glory of the match

Confirms for the athlete

The agony of the workouts

As meaningful and worth it all


When the contest is over

Satisfaction reigns on the winners

Beyond money or even fame

That they lived out

Their potential

Quieting the demands

Of their conscience

With the performance

Of self sacrifice and endurance


The victor senses

His life has been redeemed

From the limitations of nature


He has done something

That cannot be measured

By the results alone


Humble in victory speech

For words can only limit

The effort grasping

At infinity



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