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