“Yes,” many old-timers say: “It isn’t
Whether you win or lose, but how you play
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,
The goal of each contest is victory.
Happiness follows, however brief, ‘till
We, who know the rules, play fair inside of
Our own true hearts. Thereby respect is earned,
Head high, the struggle over, may angels’
Assessment of our performance confirm
Competed in hope, and finished in glory.