Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Kudos To Michael Phelps And His Medals

It’s hard to comprehend the dedication of a swimmer getting up before the Sun
Hard enough as a teen full of energy but even more so at the age of 31
Lap after lap in isolation save for the eyes of a coach or a whistle to be heard
Practice and more practice to a winning time to in the next meet be assured
Michael Phelps has just won his 21st gold medal in Brazil
What staying power, what speed, what iron will
It seemed like only yesterday when swimming’s golden boy Mark Spitz
Was setting world records and giving his competitors the fits
Seven gold medals in Munich and seven world records a feat that still stands
Has now been replaced by Michael Phelps as the best swimmer in all the land
21 gold medals in three Olympiads with a chance to pick up a few more; will the record forever last?
Or like all records will a  young phenom like Katie Ledecky in years ahead swim past
Records are meant to be broken as Spitz learned
Kudos to Phelps and the medals that his hard work at practices has earned
Hopefully in the future he should follow the old adage that if you drink like a fish don’t drive
As a medal winner many times over swim--much easier for an advertising or broadcast career to thrive
© August 10, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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