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And so it begins

And so it begins...
   not with a bang
   not with a shout
   not with a roar
      but with his lips set  
      firmly, purposefully 
      a thin film of sweat  
         resting on their rim

   steely eyes
   jaw squared 
   ice water -- not blood 
      coursing through his veins 
      taut sinews stretched
      to a fever pitch of 
         anticipation  

And so it begins...
and so he may win
   and so he may not...  

The outcome's not his to decide
   his all is to prepare for the ride


           February 11, 2019
Entry in "And so it begins..." Poetry Contest 
         Sponsor: Line Gauthier


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Date: 2/12/2019 4:42:00 PM
Wow...this is excellent, Gershon! Love it! Hope your poem places high in the contest!!
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/12/2019 7:38:00 PM
Thank you so much, Laura, for your kind words and for the 'high hopes!' ~ gw
Date: 2/12/2019 2:48:00 PM
such power in our poem , gershon... the choice is ours to make... winning wishes!...huggs
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Date: 2/12/2019 8:37:00 PM
Seems that your wishes nudged this one up to the last (5th) placement in the contest. Without your winning wishes, this might well have been yet another N/A! (LOL). Thank you so much again, nette!
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/12/2019 7:37:00 PM
I'll certainly take your wonderful wishes, nette….At the rate I'm going in contests lately----N/A, N/A, N/A, N.A....---I myself have been reduced to wishful thinking. So, wishes like yours are especially needed to help my writes to an occasional placement or two. Thanks, again! ~ Gershon
Date: 2/12/2019 2:39:00 PM
i like your take on the contest, gershon! best of luck...
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/12/2019 7:35:00 PM
Thanks, Ilene. I appreciate your encouragement. :) gw
Date: 2/12/2019 7:26:00 AM
Oh wow! You took me there. Awesome ink my friend! Best for a win <3 xomo
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/12/2019 9:00:00 AM
Whoa... Hope you took me with you (there, that is). :) gw
Date: 2/11/2019 11:40:00 PM
This could mean so many things, and I like this kind of diversity in a poem. Well done!
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/12/2019 9:00:00 AM
Great! We are champions of 'diversity one can believe in!' :) :) gw
Date: 2/11/2019 10:37:00 PM
Strong and inspiring, Gershon!
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Gershon Wolf
Date: 2/12/2019 8:59:00 AM
Thank you, Michelle. Your kind words are music to my ears. Deeply appreciated. Keep the faith! ~ Gershon