Olympic Glory

Olympic Glory

They have given the game
A hint of the gods of the past
Honouring the memory of Olympus’s’ reign
Gold the temptation to run fast
Opulence and fame the final reward
Evermore immortalising the name
A torch held up replacing the sword
Gold, Silver, Bronze, eternal fame
The perfected body upheld and adored
On dais with laurel the Earth the crowd
Shouting the name the deafening applause
The gods of the new age shouted out loud
No-one notices those outside the stadium
Eyes turned away from the suffering hoard
The powerful opulent spectacle of men
Is all that the soulless can ever afford
All wonder at the wealth and beauty arrayed
No-one could be left wanting that day
In the United Olympic no-one ever afraid
Nothing can stop the new gods at their play
But outside the arena no joy can be found
The starving, the oppressed and tortured are not heard
No-one can see them dead on the ground
From the ruling new gods never a word
So you can keep your gold medal
And all the glory that you seek
They are the prize from the Devil
For helping him trample and kill all the weak
So while you look at your glory your glittering gold
While the band plays your National Anthem
Remember those that didn’t get the chance to grow old
The poor, the starving and oppressed the only real men
2 April 2008

Olympic Glory

Gregory John O'Flaherty

Maryborough, Australia

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Feel free to copy this, anywhere, provided you include my name as author. Billions spend on sport every four years while children die every day due to starvation !!

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