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To Lick Glory Off Your Lips

January 30, 2012
By welcometoplanetearth SILVER, Devon, Pennsylvania
welcometoplanetearth SILVER, Devon, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
-W. Somerset Maugham

Do you know how it tastes to lick glory off your lips?
To bring it to your mouth in small little sips?
To hear it swish between your teeth?
To feel victory and not defeat?

Do you know the taste of hard-earned sweat?
Of salty, sour, joyful tears wept?
Of chlorinated water or bitter brine?
Of the finished midterms’ pencil grime?

Do you know how it feels to fly off your feet?
When you win a game or that important swim meet?
To see an A-Plus marked in red ink?
To return after living on the edge of a brink?

Do you know the taste of pleasant words?
Of a victory scream or when water churns?
Do you know when sportsmanship rolls off your tongue?

A breath of fresh air that came out from your lungs?

Do you know what it’s like to live on the top?
When your heart swells up and the butterflies stop?
When a cheer arises and so do your hands?
And you feel like the king of a faraway land?

Do you know how it feels when you’ve done your best?
Even if you didn’t outdo all the rest?
When proudness grows and takes over your wits?
That’s how it tastes to lick glory off your lips

The author's comments:
I wrote this poem after my country club won a really important swim meet against our rivals (hence all of the references about churning, chlorinated water). Even though I didn't place first in a few of my races, I achieved some of my best times which I think is even more important in the long run.

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AvaJay GOLD said...
on Mar. 18 2012 at 9:57 pm
AvaJay GOLD, Spokane, Washington
13 articles 4 photos 184 comments

Favorite Quote:
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not pray for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.
~ Tagore

WOW!!!! This is soooooo amazing! The rhyming is perfect and the similies/metaphors are brilliant! Definitely 5/5!!! Great job ;)