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"Life" by Eric Wayne Flynn

Updated on March 2, 2014
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"Life"

Falling down

Getting up again

Falling down

Getting up again

Falling down

Getting up again

Falling down

Getting up again

Falling down

Getting up again

Falling down

Getting up again

Falling down

Getting up again

Falling down

Accepting defeat

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      4 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Damn Jodah can you ever relate. That's amazing your son even has the nerve to step into that ring. I'm glad you understand this poem, I'm sure it's discouraging for many, but to me it's uplifting. We must all know that we will lose in life, and if we never lose, we will at least will eventually die, which will be the final bell and a final defeat. The ones who are gracious in defeat are the blessed and the strong.

      EWF

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      An innovative but very true portrayal of what life is really like Eric. With a final knockout to finish it off. It is especially topical for me as my son just fought the world champion in his weight division in aged Muay Thai. Trent was the 80/1 outsider but went toe to toe, punch for punch early. However Trent was knocked down with a liver punch and elbow to the temple. He got back up but couldn't recover and was knocked down again and the fight stopped.

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      Dana Tate 

      4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Good poem Eric, Life is about falling down...and getting up again. I think it has a dual effect. It makes us strong, it keeps us determined, but also it keeps us humble...good job

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      4 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Hi Christine, I chose that picture because even great fighters eventually fall. But, you're right... If I was totally showcasing the final defeat it's be the grave or tombstone shot, but I wanted a pic with a lil fight in it. It toys with vanity, ego and alpha male unstoppable ness. I know so many galoots who at one time thought they were invincible, then boom reality check! Thanks for the visit and commentary as usual.

      EWF

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      Christine Marie 

      4 years ago

      Agree very much with this verse: there is victory in understanding defeat. These thoughts are life-giving. The picture of the guy sitting in the corner is a great cross trade to one laying beaten to the ground...it would speak contrary to your message, in my opinion. I like this Eric; and the good conversation going with The Examiner too! That's the beauty of poetry, the poet and the audience or reader is all part of it! All can enjoy without offense...getting up, getting down, sometimes defeated- but never taking up offense. Throw us another punch pal!

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      4 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Thanks for the visit, The Examiner-1..."Defeat" is acting as "death" in this poem... Ego will allow us to believe that we are omnipotent and we must press on, but everybody succumbs to time; the great reaper. Even the most strong willed of men will meet their maker and that heavyweight knockout blow is death and time is just lacing up it's gloves. The optimist can get up many a times, sure, but the realist knows that eventually we all stay down.

      EWF

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      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      A poor outlook on life, and the self. Do you feel this way? I believe that an optimist would get up and go on with life.

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