Thursday, August 2, 2012

Victory's Price

Elongating himself in a standard hurdler’s stretch, the young decathlete sneered, “Take a good look and see what a winner looks like, grandpa; not as if you’d know otherwise.”

His body bowed by both time and tribulation, the old man still had the grace to reach into his pocket and extract the medal, its ribbon worn and faded though its gold still shone brightly.

“In the arrogance of youth you presume too much, young man. Anika warned me if I left her for a year to pursue my dream, she’d not be there when I returned. So, please do not assume I am not well aware of both the consequences of failure nor of the price of victory.”

7 comments:

  1. Such a brilliant piece with a great message. Love it

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  2. Well done, Jeffrey :)) oh, the arrogance of youth...

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  3. A wonderful piece of writing Jeffrey.
    So often we pay a heavy price for following our dreams.

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  4. Really enjoyed that. Showing the flipside of victory to not be all it's cracked up to be, I always love it when someone shares a piece that's not what I would have expected to read!

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  5. Oh, this is exactly the kind of thing I had in mind with this prompt. Wow!!! I love it.

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  6. That was great! Loved that one. Looking forward to more of your stuff.

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