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Crystal Medallions

For all past, present and future Olympians
The width of a hair
A hundredth of a second
Separate metallic tears
From salt wounds

Unfavorable winds
Star-crossed lane draws
Grimaces, grinding molars
Bodies strained beyond limit

You gave it your all
Yet others had more

Could have
Should have
Would have
If only

Mourn not your loss
You were a player
On the world's largest stage

Crystal clear the medal
Around your neck
A symbol of endurance
Sparkling like a night star
To those who see beyond riches

Forever a champion
To mere mortals
From a distance

Written 8/2012


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