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message 1: by Vincent, Mod & Author (last edited Nov 07, 2010 08:47PM) (new)

Vincent Lowry (vlowry) | 1107 comments Mod
Among Champions

It's a race no one thinks about now.
Some won it decades ago,
swimming in the bellies of young mothers who
stood in grocery lines, shopped for new shoes,
or pruned rose bushes.
Some claimed victory just last season,
and are now kicking their warm, nurturing walls
with jubilation, signaling their fast approach.
Some are still in the race,
battling an army of genetic competitors,
all fiercely whipping their tails
toward the golden egg of existence.
To win, you must arrive first.
1 in 100 million are the odds,
the equivalent of a lucky powerball ticket.
But the trophy is an opportunity like no other,
a shot at seeing and experiencing the universe
in a way no creature can come close to.
I beat the odds some 34 years ago.
And I now stand among other fortunate champions,
who sometimes need to be reminded of the great race
that gave them life.

Among Champions (c) 2010 by Vincent Lowry

message 2: by Brenda (new)

Brenda | 88 comments Very nice Vincent! Certainly made me reflect on the race for life, although, I feel a little dense at the moment as it crept up on me only hitting me until the very end.

message 3: by Vincent, Mod & Author (new)

Vincent Lowry (vlowry) | 1107 comments Mod
Thank you, Brenda! I'm sure you have many, many more years ahead of you. :)

message 4: by Fiona (new)

Fiona McGier | 69 comments Very well done. My 4 kids have teased each other about fighting to determine who got to be born if! Of course, 3 boys born in 3 years are going to be competitive about everything! And I have teased them about how happy I was to make them have to breathe, eat and poop on their own, after I used to do all of the work for them! Of course they paid me back with stretch marks and a paunch that won't ever go away...but they are my best friends...after their Daddy, of course! And no one gives hugs like my daughter! Once again, Vince, thanks for sharing. If you get a book together, enter it in next year's EPIC eBook contest...they do have a poetry genre, that usually has few entries.

message 5: by Steven (new)

Steven (tbones) | 408 comments Hey Vincent, have you been able to contact Deena Warner yet? If not I have her on my Facebook and could connect you two that way if you want. Your poems are really great. I think it would be cool if a newspaper picked you up and gave you a sopt for them.

message 6: by Vincent, Mod & Author (new)

Vincent Lowry (vlowry) | 1107 comments Mod
Hi Steve,

No I haven't reached out to Deena yet. Feel free to give her a few of my poems to see if she'd be interested in working on a card or two.

I'd love a newspaper spot, too. :)

Now, if I could just find that newspaper...

message 7: by Steven (new)

Steven (tbones) | 408 comments Definitely, I'll get on that cause I know Deena would really like your pumpkin poem.
As for a spot in the newspaper maybe it's something you could pitch to your local paper.

message 8: by Vincent, Mod & Author (new)

Vincent Lowry (vlowry) | 1107 comments Mod
Thanks, Steve!

message 9: by Vincent, Mod & Author (new)

Vincent Lowry (vlowry) | 1107 comments Mod
Hi Steve,
I'm having a little trouble befriending Deena on Facebook. Can you ask her to send a friend request.


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