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The world is filled with cheaters;
It almost seems the norm.
We hear of more examples found
In every shape and form:

A Scrabble competition where
A young man used his wiles
To sneak into the playing bag
Some extra blank-faced tiles.

Lance Armstrong, of the Tour de France,
Once honored and revered,
Now stripped of all his medals
With his reputation smeared.

Cabrera of the Giants, too,
Was doping and got caught.
It seems that sports, like politics,
With cheaters has been fraught.

We’re taught to do the honest thing
When we are in our youth;
But as we age, so many learn
That they can bend the truth.

When knocked down from a pedestal,
The former proud elite
May finally learn the price they’ll pay
For choosing ways to cheat.

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  1. Date: 9/9/2012 11:09:00 AM
    Its actually nice to see that these cheaters are getting caught. My Dad use to say, what goes round, comes round... seems to be happening now. Well done. lee

  1. Date: 8/28/2012 11:44:00 AM
    I may not be convinced that Lance was the doper he's been made out to be but then I'm a smuck for seeing and believing in the goodness of people instead of their dark side. That aside, the poem speaks volumes of truth that we've all known or felt at one time or another. Humans are born cheaters but most of us don't use it as our guiding light as so many others seem to be doing these days. I like what I see in the mirror and am quite sure that you do as well Ilene. Excellent poetry:)

  1. Date: 8/24/2012 8:43:00 PM
    You TELL 'EM, my SOUP Bombeck!!! GREAT poem.

  1. Date: 8/24/2012 4:47:00 PM
    Truth within your lines excells..Thanks for stopping by..Your comments were uplifting..Sara

  1. Date: 8/24/2012 3:16:00 PM
    You've put the truth in a nutshell on this subject. And I don't believe any reader can cast a stone that wouldn't hit their own foot. We've all done it at one time or another in our lives. We just don't like to admit it. Well done Ilene. Your rhyme and rhythym was great. But then again, you always deliver quality. Rockman

  1. Date: 8/24/2012 1:09:00 PM
    That's why Barry Bonds is not acknowledged as baseball's home run king. Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron never used steroids. Good write as usual Ilene.