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Once Broken

Updated on February 9, 2017

He was once a fine champion, to reach for the stars, all such fame,

Everything was then so positive, all did know his own special name.

Considered by many big colleges, a certainty, then their recognition,

If only time and circumstances had so helped it all come to a fruition.

Wonderful the seasons, then to follow, seemed he could do no wrong,

Each time he scored, he was so adored, followed by all, did so throng.

Newspapers so full of all his exploits, as each weekend he had fulfilled,

His relatives were now proud, was an excited crowd, always so thrilled.

Was then the sorrowful day did come, his injury never to overcome,

A broken spine, was a crippling blow, unknown where it came from.

Many strenuous practices, hard hits, as expectancies were so great,

Now this once revered, praised athlete, had to accept his own fate.

In past days the injured athlete was so praised, having so many friends,

Now after he was down, hardly any to be found, as the false pretends.

"Fair Weather Friends" showing true colors, his shunning soon began,

Never mentioned again, his name to honor, was ignored, was the plan.

This athlete was not now done in, for his new life then he did so begin,

Trying harder than he had ever done before, was the message to send.

He struggled through classes in school but passed all, now life to rhyme,

Graduating on time, one more honor he had earned, were days sublime.

He was to go further in his life, despite those bad times, full of such strife,

These days were now forgotten, the unsteadying times to cut like a knife.

Now was playing on a tennis team in college, made grades, all well done,

Graduated there, plus three more times, was finer than a touchdown run.

Never give up, no, not ever give in, follow this for the rest of your days,

We are stronger than we know, great courage to show, in all our ways.

We're made of sterner stuff, ignore every rebuff, strive for higher goals,

Forever found within, in you too, my friend, our benevolent creator extolls.


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    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      19 months ago from United States

      The hardships we all face help to make us stronger. I'm have been blessed in my days upon this earth. Blessings to you and family. whonu

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      19 months ago from Central Florida

      It befuddles me why popularity and respect are based on ability and fame. Fair Weather Friends - we've all had them.

      I'm glad the hero in this story (someone you know?) kept forging ahead despite his fallen "support" system. It's a strength we should all muster and master.

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      20 months ago from United States

      Yes, MsDora my friend and with a strong faith, we may each achieve our goals. Our God watches over us, everyone. Blessings to you and family. whonu

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      Dora Weithers 

      20 months ago from The Caribbean

      Motivation we all need. Thank you. When we can't fly as high we used to, it's because there's something on the level we are that we need to do.

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      20 months ago from United States

      If we all do this we will succeed and have better lives. Blessings. whonu

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      20 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most inspirational and yes, we must never give up and think positively.

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      20 months ago from United States

      Thank you Vellur. It takes an iron will and determination to overcome life's hurdles, but we can each do just that. Blessings. whonu

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      Nithya Venkat 

      20 months ago from Dubai

      Great inspirational poem. All is great when things are going good when bad times hit you everyone around disappears. But never to give up is one thing to remember always.


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