Marie Daniels


Second Best


On your marks!
Get set!
OFF GO YOUR DREAMS!
It’s the fight and the battle
that you’ve trained and
prepared for - that promotion
or position or your own
proposition. It’s the hundred
metre final and that first
ever gig. You’ve had
sleepless days, tiresome nights,
bitter feelings, flight response,
but now it’s time to FIGHT.
You’ve made your notes -
wrote your speech
your off the mark and here
you go! The first corner the
first hurdle and the worst
case scenario but
you give it your all. You’re
doing well, going to plan
you don’t know how
your competition is, but
you are BRAVE and you are
STRONG
and that’s what you need
yes what you really need
when they slap the silver medal
on you.

You fought, you battled
you gave it your all,
now your dreams lay in tatters
and your hopes are left small.
But you were told:
NEVER SETTLE FOR SECOND BEST
but… They didn’t tell you the rest.
That someone has to take home
the silver medal or keep
that trophy on their mantelpiece
as the pitiful reminder
of not making it. Therefore:
ready, set, go for gold!
And, my friend, NEVER let
inspiration and dedication get old.
And should you ever come in
second place?
Polish that medal! As sometimes
it takes a stronger person
to not make it,
but not break.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
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I dedicate this poem to the lost hopes and dreams of mine over the past few years, and how it's okay to accept not being the best.

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