Celebrate Champions

09 Aug

Do we undervalue the empty-handed

the bronze and sliver

as we go looking for gold?

Childhood is a time of youthful meanderings,

of finding oneself.

Yet these few have forsaken such things,

their hearts pulled toward loftier heights.

Some say that they lost

coming away without a gold,

ask if disappointment is felt.

Of course there is pain and frustration,

goals unfulfilled.

Probing eyes dog their steps,

filming the sorrow of dashed hopes.

Don’t be quick to find fault

from the comfort of your chair.

Celebrate their accomplishments.

Celebrate their endurance and self-sacrifice.

These people are champions

in the true measure of the word.

Whether empty handed



or Gold,

they had the courageous spirit

to pursue their dreams.

To work.

To reach.

To strive.

Celebrate their victory.

Lynn Mapp


Posted by on August 9, 2012 in Idaho


12 responses to “Celebrate Champions

  1. Liz Fredericks

    August 9, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Superb message, Lynn.

  2. Janis McCurry

    August 9, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    Tru dat. I believe one of the reasons we, as a nation, are so divisive is because we must WIN, not work together. It’s all about the WIN with no compromise. Sad.

    • Lynn Mapp

      August 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      I know. To me it’s like the Golden Heart. I’d be thrilled just to be considered.

  3. stephaniebergets

    August 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Great post. It takes courage just to enter, be it on the international scale or locally. Everyone who puts themselves on the line by competing is a winner.

  4. maryvine

    August 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Great poem and so fitting for 2012, I think. I watched a gal who didn’t win complaining about hecklers and hard that was to take.

  5. Peggy Staggs

    August 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    An interesting factoid. The second most prized medal is the bronze not the silver.
    Without the winners–those who strive to be their best, to look beyond themselves, to try to grasp that which is just out of reach–where would the rest of us be?
    Stuck in mediocrity.

    • Lynn Mapp

      August 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      I remember when Andrew went to state for track. It was his first year to do the hurdles. Every meet I’d cheer for Andrew and a former student (they did the same event). Another hurdler was upset because he’d silvered. I remember saying he should be proud to be one of the top hurdlers in the state. He needed to get over himself. This is how I feel about these summer games. Wow, you are one of the best in the world. That’s special. Really, special.

  6. marsharwest

    August 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Beautifully written, Lynn. So true of us in writing. We work, take classes, share with CPs, attend conferences, revise, make sacrifices, and finally gut up one day to send our baby out into the world (be it to a contest, agent,or publisher) and wait with our heart in our mouth for a positive result.

    All too often the answer is no. But like the athletes, if you don’t make the attempt, you have no chance at winning the gold (however you define that).

    Thanks for sharing your talent, Lynn. I’m sure we’re all better for reading your words.

    It needs to go out for the world to see. Alas, I’m lacking in technology skills or I’d know how to put it on FB. Maybe one of y’all can do that. 🙂

    • Lynn Mapp

      August 9, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      Marsha, I’d love to share it with the world, but I too am lacking the necessary skills to make it happen. I do see the relationship between our writing and the summer games. You work and work and work some more. If you lucky, IF…others will see your talent.

  7. Clarissa Southwick

    August 19, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Brilliant, Lynn. In making the effort, they’ve already won. Thanks for another great post.

  8. Lynn Mapp

    August 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Hey Clarissa, thank you. Making the effort…there are people who talk about doing something, but they never get started. We have started and finished.


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