“Yes,” many old-timers say: “It isn’t
Whether you win or lose, but how you play
The game.”

Life is a lot like sports. We’re here against
Tough opponents who, surprise, also can be

Playing hard then becomes necessary.
Because challenges arrive to be braved,
And met.

The goal of each contest is victory.
Happiness follows, however brief, ‘till
The morrow.

We, who know the rules, play fair inside of
Our own true hearts. Thereby respect is earned,
And conferred.

Head high, the struggle over, may angels’
Assessment of our performance confirm
That we

Competed in hope, and finished in glory.