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The Will to Loose – A Poem by JP


It’s a part of winning.

Do not despair, they’ll always talk
about the will to win,
but I ask you—
Do you amaze and delight at having raced?
Does winning not feel better when
you’ve tried and tired but only seen defeat?
It’s not the glory of winning
that propels me across my deepest pain;
It’s the triumph of having crawled
beaten and bruised–waist deep through mud.
The will to lose and lose again,
no matter the odds or the whispers of men,
is what sets you apart
and makes winning all the better
when you rise up and finally win.

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