I entered a contest for plays;
I’d hoped for approval and praise.
The audience cheered
And nobody jeered
And I even was given bouquets!
We followed the show with a dinner.
I grinned like the grinniest grinner.
The feelings that flowed
And the way that I glowed
Would convince someone I was the winner.
Today they confirmed what I knew –
My chances for glory are through.
But still, though I lost,
There were barriers crossed
And I made an impressive debut.
The lesson I learned from this chance
Is that fortunes don’t always advance;
But if you never try
You’ll be wondering why
You’re the wallflower watching the dance.