So you won
and behind that win
of tired days and sweat and tears
of one step after the next even when your feet
were aching and your breath -almost out of itself- was breaking
They were your dreams, far away and near all at once
which you tried to reach which you didn’t know that
you could touch but you still tried, with every inbreath
to upright your posture every out breath to extend your stretch
You stretched yourself towards it until there was almost nothing left
-and then you Won
You won the Gold, and earned it
and when you tried to show that moment to the crowd in glitter exhilaration
it flew into the pool- and so what?
– is that what we will celebrate? is that what we will stand on to crush you?
What happened to our pride, our nurture what happened to our best costumes?
Why have we become the bullies in a make-beliefe school-ground waiting to see what you are not, waiting to judge you a lot.
No, don’t let the media win. we are humans first, and you had the best swim!
Well done Sun Yang.
And to those that focus on the ‘cap throw’ gone wrong,
I think that is where the media fails.