In My Loss, I also Gained

all rights reserved...I became a teacher and earned four college degrees, teaching school for twenty-five years. I am now a writer and artist.
all rights reserved...I became a teacher and earned four college degrees, teaching school for twenty-five years. I am now a writer and artist.

Barely seventeen, and full of such hope,

my future, in the grandest sport,

I was a fantastic athlete of renown,

scouted by great colleges, all to court.


My feet so fleet in their motion then,

only a few could keep up with my pace,

great arcing spirals of the leather football,

I well kicked in distance, as all, I was to face.


Much support and grand hopes, i did then assume,

for quite a time in those days,

few better young men to wear the numbers,

and in my attempts in running the plays.


I gave each effort, all of my best, back then,

for to me, there was no other way,

astounding all, to witness my play,

drawing fame in my name, to come what may.


Suddenly came the end, to all future inspired,

a grievous injury, i sustained at this time,

on that grey moment, came a torturing pain,

all hopes would be dashed, in my climb.


My spine was so harmed, my recovery was long,

and no more athletic aspirations, I had,

my life felt to be over, and in all that I tried,

my heart ached even more, and left me sad.


My iron clad determination and with true grit,

summoned then, I lived each day in its time,

facing the good, with all the hardships,

came a valuable lesson, learned in life's rhyme.


For, onward I walked, and up stairways, I climbed,

to a success, I so earned, in my resolve,

our hurts and wrong steps, in the life we all live,

is a mystery left for each, then to solve.


As I look back in time, I still feel the pain,

of those moments, so long in the past,

our Human spirit and strength, we all try to find,

and these things help us each to last.






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msorensson 4 years ago

"As I look back in time, I still feel the pain,

of those moments, so long in the past,

Our Human spirit and strength, we all try to find,

and these things help us each to last."

How lovely..Thank you for sharing..


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joanwz 4 years ago from Katy, Texas

Your poetry keeps me inspired. Keep posting. I love to read it.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for the encouragement.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

The title of your hub captures your "iron clad determination and grit." Your verses prove it. Good job!


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks,MsDora.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for your kind words in sharing, msorensson.


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

I definitely voted up. That is great.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, IntegrityYes, I'm glad you viewed my hub.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

We can learn much from our early life experience. Sports, hobbies, music lessons, etc. all have impact on how we develop a view of life's events. Good poem and so inspiring.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for your support and gracious words, teaches12345.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

what we do and what we learn during childhood leave a deep impact on our adult hood, thought provoking, voted up.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

This is so true,girishpuri, I hope that what I learned made me a better person.


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

A very nice piece, telling us all with great emotion and much feeling. I really liked reading this. Nice job!


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you for your appreciation and nice comments,BobbiRant.


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Shubhjeet Vimal 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

Wow sir, your poem pushes us in our past ...and to add your beautiful rhymes just makes reading an experience..thank you sir :)


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Shubhjeet, I am pleased to share of my life and hope that all who read gain knowledge of who I am and that we all struggle in life, no matter who we may be or in what culture or country, all are the same human beings.


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

To my new friend, whonu

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