Hopes, Dreams and Medals, Aspiration, Dedication and Big Dreams
A book covering all the emotions of the big sporting events
By Loretta Livingstone
This is my 2nd book. It's an unusual choice. And don't be misled. Yes, it IS about athletics and sporting events, but also about our hopes, dreams, aspirations. I hope that these poems would inspire non-sporty people to also reach for their dreams. It's about dedication, determination, and the will to succeed. That surely applies to any dream.
I got the bug for this topic when I was watching the world championships, in particular our great heptathletes, Jessica Ennis and Louise Hazell, but really all of our splendid athletes. I got to thinking about the dedication and discipline it takes to reach the top, and from there it was a short hop to writing about the big sporting events, and the emotions of everyone from the spectators, parents of the children in the opening ceremony, retired athletes, winners, losers, etc. I'm publishing this book in partnership with Nicola Louisa Sharp of Inspirational Photography, as many of my poems, which I hope will uplift and inspire you, are complemented by being printed on her beautiful pictures of cloud formations. Why clouds? Well to me that symbolises hopes and dreams. The pictures for the Ice and Fire part of the book are printed on fabulous snow scenes, photographed by my husband.This book has already been purchased by several professional athletes, and has been approved by Buckinghamshire County Council for inclusion in a local library. Please follow the link to our Facebook page, or to see a review. please see my website. By the way, whilst I love to share my work and I hope you enjoy reading it, please do bear in mind that everything I write is protected by copyright and may not be used without prior permission. This includes all photographic work.
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Well, would you believe anyone would/could write a book about big sporting events?
Would you believe
it could ever be done?
Can you conceive the idea?
A bold stroke?
A good joke?
Well, guess what?
We did it!
Â© Loretta Livingstone 11/1/2012
This photo was provided for the book by Nicola Louisa Sharp
Another poem from Hopes, Dreams and Medals
Here is another poem from my book. King of Speed, complete with fab snowy pic! Enjoy!
King of Speed
They call you
the King of Speed
You are the fastest
the most reckless
You hurtle down
which defy reason
Faster and faster
wind in your face
You have medals
and you are
but it is about
more than that
It's all about the thrill.
Words & image Â© Loretta Livingstone.
Active Passive Skier
Well, we don't have to be serious and determined all of the time. Take a chuckle break!
Something to make you chuckle! How many of us ski like this?
I'm an active-passive skier
I watch you from my chair
Before the television
But it feels like I'm right there
I swerve around the slalom
Crouch, when you bend your knees
I'm getting quite a good technique
From practising at ease
I tumble when you tumble
But only in my mind
And when you make the fastest run
I'm never far behind
So when you win that medal
I think it's only fair
That you send me a copy
And I pin it to my chair!
Words & image Â© Loretta Livingstone
Please note, this gorgeous photograph is by Nicola Louisa Sharp, who provided many of the photographs for this book)
They carry the hopes
of our nation,
these young athletes.
They set aside
which would hold them back.
They press on,
determined to win.
is nothing to them,
if it means
they achieve their goal.
But I, like them,
have a race to run.
A spiritual race.
I cannot win
an Earthly prize,
but I can win
a Heavenly crown!
1 Corinthians 9 v 24-25"
Â© Loretta Livingstone, Nicola Louisa Sharp
A bittersweet poem, happy memories for a retired ski jumper who knows they can never again compete, but doesn't regret a moment of it all
You are held together
By metal screw and plate
Yet you do not regret the life
Which brought you to this fate
The passion that sustained you
The snow that set the pace
The wind, the speed that hurt you
When you launched out into space
Too damaged to compete now
But you would not replace
The life that gave you freedom
And brought you to this place
For oh, the mem'ries warm you
You never lose the thrill
And in your dreams you still compete
As you hurtle down that hill.
Words & Image Â© Loretta Livingstone
The beautiful photograph with this poem was taken by Nicola Louisa Sharp, who contributed many of the photographs used in this book
Roaring and screaming
Noise all around
Stomping and clapping
A torrent of sound
Thronging and hugging
Tears on my face
One of our athletes
Has taken first place!
Â© Loretta Livingstone, Nicola Louisa Sharp.
You can't win all the time
Most of my poems concentrate on the triumphs of these competitions. But let's be realistic. You can't win all the time. For every winner there are losers. So let's spare them a thought too.
Selection - Â© Loretta Livingstone, Nicola Louisa Sharo
These young athletes train hard, they have a huge dream. Maybe your dream isn't about athletics, but when you really have a dream you have to go for it. Keep your goal in sight, never give up.
Again, the photograph is by the very talented Nicola Louisa Sharp, as featured above.
Tell me your favourite poems from this page - Please bear with me, sometimes this takes a while loading.
I would love it if you would tell me which of the poems featured here you enjoyed the most.
UPDATE: I have now added two more above, but their buttons are at the very bottom of this list after my least favourite option.
Which of the following poems was your favourite
Something Very Exciting
Wow! Something very exciting has happened. Somebody who read this book got in touch with me towards the end of May this year, to ask me to write an exclusive poem for a film he was going to produce about athletes and sportspeople! I am hugely excited. If you want to know more, please check out the video.
Excerpts from the book - Some poems from Hopes, Dreams & Medals
Yes, that 's me. I hope you enjoy these poems chosen from my book
You can now find me on Goodreads
I'm excited to say I now have an Author Profile on Goodreads, where I write a blog. Please come visit me there, I'd love to meet you.
And now you've read some of the poems, why not take the book quiz? You don't have to be a Goodreads member, anyone can play. If you don't know the answers just take a wild guess, it's just for fun.
Hopes, Dreams and Medals
- My Author Profile on Goodreads.
This is where you can find me.
Books about people who followed their dreams.
Sometimes it's good to read books by people who have successfully followed their dreams. Maybe some of these books will inspire you. I also thought the book about Bobsledding looked really interesting. I'm pretty interested in Bobsledding and some of the poems in my book reflect that.
Will you be watching live?
Are you going to be spending time in Russia for either of these events?
Jumping in the Puddles of Life
Book arrived this morning thankyou! I've really enjoyed reading it, so many lovely poems.Sisters struck a cord with me,being an only child.X
Got your Jumping in the Puddles of Life, thankyou! Have read a couple of times and here are my favourites: Still There, The Grudge - very good, almost Alice In Wonderlandish, almost seemed to have feet and legs, and there's a definite "moral" there. I like Sometimes as well - that's just what I do! When we just sit or lie back in his presence and focus on him and start singing (in my case), the tears come down and then the praise! Fire Extinguisher, good with depth. On Being Different - daft but funny and a bit of a moral there too - poor you! That List !!! - Love this one - can just picture it!!! Yahweh Shammah - Love this one. The Automated Helpline! Very good - can really relate to this too. And Fatherhood God's Way.
I read all your poems in between jobs. Wow ! they are great some I smiled at, some I laughed at, some I just had to read to my aunt sitting at the table with me. Others I felt touched by your faith and mine. It was good light hearted reading that I could identify with in different parts of my life as well. I love the use of photography images in your other book.
Reviews for Hopes, Dreams & Medals
Here are a few of my reviews:
This book of poems by Loretta Livingstone is awesome! She puts you right in the thick of the emotions that could be felt during the Olympics. You can feel the rush of excitement, challenges, highs and lows and anticipation of the athletes competing. You understand just how proud family and friends are of the athletes they are cheering on. You can sense the atmosphere of the crowds routing for their country to take first place. And get a chill from her description of the cold blustery weather everyone endured just so they could be part of this historic event. The photos (by Nicola Sharp) are gorgeous and a wonderful accompaniment to the beautiful poems and complete this book. I found this book inspiring, motivational and moving and would highly recommend it. Loretta you have a great heart and spirit. God bless you for writing it - loved it!!!
Loretta has got a unique way with words, and of looking at the world, which makes this book a must read. She will make you smile and make you think, so if you haven't read any of her poetry, I suggest you start. Right Now.