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Life is like a game of sport, Where skills can get you by. Goals are the targets to aim for, But sometimes direction is Too wide or too high. Yet you continue playing the game. As you learn by your mistakes. You feel good whenever You score the points, Grateful when given the breaks. Sometimes the crowd is with you. Sometimes you stand alone, But aware of who is the linesman Responsibility for action your own.... Life is about achievement, Yet disappointments and failure too Are also part of its' structure, Though its' playing is down to you. You can accept life has its' mishaps With courage to see them through. And make your targets clear and straight When in your power to do, Or you can give up without even trying Any of the challenges life passes to you..... You have the potential to be a winner By using all the skills you possess, And if you trust in life and value yourself As a person you'll be a success... Life's pitch is laid out before you. Run the course with your head and your heart, But remember what matters Is not winning or losing But how each plays their given part. So make sure to give it your very best shot Making your aims honest and true. And try to have faith in the rest of the team, Then Life will be a Winner for you. I wrote this for our Godson when he was a teenager He was and still is into football..

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  1. Date: 11/17/2010 8:18:00 PM
    so very full of wisdom and grace in a flowing depth of rhyme,,a wonderful idea and gift for a godson for inspiration and insight of life itself,,,Thank You for your time in reading my words and for leaving yours behind as well,,my poem whiskey christmas was indeed true,,it was a long time ago now,,though the memories of lost years will always be,,,Thank You again,,,Blessings..Cecil

  1. Date: 11/6/2010 9:22:00 PM
    nice write my friend

  1. Date: 10/24/2010 10:12:00 PM
    JUne, What a great idea to write this for a grandson into sports. I sure hope he appreciated it. SOmetimes I don't feel my family cares when I write something for them. It depends on the family member though. So nice finding you here tonight. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 10/24/2010 3:11:00 PM
    May your week be one of good health, may your heart be full of love, and your life give you amazing inspiration for your writing. I enjoyed reading your exceptional poetry this beautiful Sunday afternoon and thank you for sharing it June. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/23/2010 6:34:00 PM
    Very nice allegory.....reminds me of Kenny Rogers' song THE GAMBLER know it?

  1. Date: 10/23/2010 3:14:00 PM
    Nice analogy, Sylvia. Ruben.

  1. Date: 10/23/2010 2:40:00 PM
    Nice metaphor you have penned in this write your Godson, a football player, Sylvia

  1. Date: 10/23/2010 2:31:00 PM
    Magnificent piece June.. enjoyed every line.. must confess I luv football too..haha.. perfect piece luv..

  1. Date: 10/23/2010 2:09:00 PM
    Good advice for any young person, Sylvia..especially ..But remember what matters is not winning or losing..." Your Godson is lucky to have you. Love, Audrey

  1. Date: 10/23/2010 12:44:00 PM
    very well written!