The Winner

If I must work then work I shall
and give my very best;
if I am graded by what I do,
I'll strive to ace the test.

If strength and might is what it takes
to reach the finish line,
I'll pray to God to keep me strong
and let me end on time.

If I should meet unfriendly folk
along the beaten path,
I won't be quick to fulminate
but slow to show my wrath.

If I should lose the friends I love,
I'll grieve a while, but then
I'll make new pals along the way,
remember those who've been.

If fate should rob me of my health
and leave my mind bereft,
I'll persevere as best I can
with what I do have left.

If I don't land the golden cup
nor score high on the test,
a sure-fire winner I will be
because I did my best.

Copyright 1998 Ruth Gillis

First published in the April 1998 issue of
Poet's Review

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