A Poem by richom

Author: richom
Created: June 15, 2017 at 09:14 am
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Category: Sports & Fitness | Tribute | Opinion
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Why Sports?

There are people who happily live without sports,
And who don't understand their enormous appeal.
But we fans would be lost without daily reports
Of our favorite teams and would emptiness feel.

Beneficial are sports for both body and mind.
There is exercise gained from a challenging game.
Players pleasure derive and leave troubles behind,
And to those who are pros, they bring money and fame.

Sports will discipline, skills, and tenacity test
While providing excitement for those who compete.
You obtain satisfaction from doing your best
And new friendships acquire among persons you meet.

Most have never fulfilled what when young was their dream.
They've no Super Bowls played nor in major leagues pitched.
But they comradeship shared when a part of a team,
And through love of athletics their lives were enriched.

It is true sports can also bring failure and tears
And can injuries cause that may linger for years.
But its minuses are by its pluses outweighed,
And I'm thankful that sports I have followed and played.

© richom - all rights reserved

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Comments & Reviews ( X 6)

January 27, 2018
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I've missed reading your poems. Haven't been on here in ages. I don't care much for sports myself but they definitely have their benefits!

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June 15, 2017
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I totally agree with You, I wish I learned any sport, but it wasn't easy or available when I was little, it helps You with many things as You wrote, confidence, patience, communion.... etc, it's a source of positive energy, a way to release some of Your bad thoughts and feelings, healthiness at body and mind, the excitement at its highest level will give You the push for sometime. I understand how men will feel their manhood free and high at the playground.

Thank you very much.  I don't know how it is in your country, but here in the USA,  it is not only men who get the benefits from sports.  There has been a tremendous and long overdue emphasis on providing opportunities for women athletes  of all ages, and they now are as serious about a wide range of sports and play them as fiercely as men.

 richom replied on June 15, 2017

I didn't mean it's only for men here, it's also for women, but when I was a little to participate in such activities was not widely available and easy, men or women, now adays it changed and many places opened for specially children to learn what they wish, from sports and music too.

 Littlesong replied on June 15, 2017

June 15, 2017
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Glad to see you are still kicking Richard. I played football for many a year and thoroughly enjoyed my time. Like many other things they have changed, in our case, UK, the "Sport" side of things has changed considerably. I believe it is due to the amount of money paid to our players. Quite large amounts and developing into full time jobs which then starts to take the "Sporting" side out of it. I wouldn't call it progress but then I was brought up in a totally different era so my opinions are only agreed by the ageing population. Lovely read as usual Old Mate. S.L. Keep them coming and Take care Rod.

Thank you, Rod.  I agree with you in that sports have always been corrupted by money to some extent, and now more than ever.  That and the prevalence of doping and steroids make me less interested in professional sports and the Olympics  than I once was.  I now mainly follow college and high school sports, and even they are being professionalized somewhat due to the omnipresent ESPN televising games worldwide.  As for playing, it is now only golf and bowling.    

 richom replied on June 15, 2017

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