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Citius, Altius, Fortius

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Citius, Altius, Fortius

The temple of Olympia gave birth to the games
Kingdoms of Greece did battle before the flames
Coroebus of Elis first champion and winner
Blood sweat and tears before the king of Olympia.
Hercules and Zeus were the main driving force
Great leader and a son filled with bitter remorse
Twelve labors carried out the beasts all been slayed
A temple was built and the debt was repaid.
From BC to AD the games were violent but true
The Roman Empire rose and their influence grew
A new world order begins kingdoms start to fragment
The walls of Olympia cast down now silent.
A millennium passed and then five hundred years more 
No warriors or kings to make the crowds roar
Their victories and triumphs forgotten in verse
Chariot’s wheels stop turning struck down by a curse
An Industrial age the games start a new thread 
Ideas reborn in Dialogue of the dead
Athletes compete across the Ottoman Empire
A committee is formed to scheme and conspire
Six men good and true no need to be contrite
Much as god this positions for life
New gods demand a road show and Greece is left behind
All traditions and values to history are consigned
Five rings and flame symbols of a new dawn 
Tarnished by money, greed, bribery and scorn
The fastest man on earth breaths hard with pounding heart
Adverts must finish before he can start
Four years of training he is in peak condition
All needle marks are gone thanks to his clever physician
A return to Athens a mirror ignites the suns rays
Thousands in a relay but coca cola pays
Citius, Altius, Fortius the Olympic motto states
Victory at all costs the rewards are too great


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  1. Date: 5/29/2012 10:31:00 AM
    Anthony, gaming,,, at all cost.. rewards can be fun at times.. events that starting way back when... thank you for sharing your awesome poem this morning, always :-) LINDA