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Being First Isn't Always Best

Being First Isn't Always Best

By Elton Camp

Unkind words the winner may choose
“Second place only means to lose.”

So many things are cast as a race
Be first, or it’s scorn that you face

Who was second the fly the Atlantic solo?
There’s an excellent chance you don’t know

Who was the second man on the moon?
For him, Armstrong got there too soon

Who was second in the presidential race?
Very soon we forget his name or his face

For Marie Curie, first with radiation thrilled her
But caution she didn’t realize and it killed her 

I will guess that the first man going to Mars
Will remain dead forever among the stars

The early bird the choice worm will please
It is the second mouse that gets the cheese

Copyright © Elton Camp

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  1. Date: 7/21/2013 6:51:00 PM
    :D This is great. Very nicely written and so true! Bravo!

    Camp Avatar Elton Camp
    Date: 7/21/2013 7:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for reading and for your comment. Elton