Heavy Metal

Posted: August 8, 2016 in free verse, poem, poet, poetry
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Beneath the soft stretched fabrics
are the hard bodies of youth’s firm human frame,
Judged by fast changing clocks
and watchers and lovers of perfect style and form.
They win or lose by hundredths of seconds
or fractions of subjective points.
On podiums they bow their heads with broad white smiles and joyful tears
To begin wearing medals as heavy as the egos of their national anthems.
And to be known forever as having the heart of an Olympian.


  1. Ret MP says:

    and excellent title, too

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  2. Great poem and great poem/title pairing, DSS!
    You’ve captured their emotions! This makes me smile!
    It overwhelms me to think of their determination, dedication…their struggles…how they train and practice for years just for the chance to compete…and possibly win. Amazing!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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    • This poem was originally called “Polished Blades” written for the ’12 winter Olympics. But having to throw out the lines referencing skis, skates and ice because these games are now summer, really brought out what I wanted to say about expectations and responsibilities of representing our great but ego driven country. And we really do suck the blood from our heroes. It had to be changed to ” Heavy Metal”‘ :/ Some have been weighted down by it.

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  3. Just wanted to pop by and say Happy Whee-kend to you and yours!
    Oh, and I blogged about “some assembly required”! Ha! I was thinking about hammer and duct tape and other things that help me put stuff together! 😛
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  4. Hey, how you doing?
    Haven’t seen you around here in awhile.
    Miss you!
    Hope everything is good!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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