Paralympic Pantoum

How great to be a champion!
You sprint and see the banners fly;
Display your medal now you’ve won.
The anthem plays; supporters cry.

You sprint and see the banners fly.
Your past now bears another view:
The anthem plays; supporters cry.
The boss said he’d no use for you.

Your past now bears another view.
You’d worked for him for seven years.
The boss said he’d no use for you
Since the crash.  No crowds to cheer.

You’d worked for him for seven years.
You took your first steps down the ward
Since the crash.  No crowds to cheer
Your months of sweat without reward.

You took your first steps down the ward;
Display your medal now you’ve won.
Your months of sweat without reward:
How great to be a champion.

Elaine Ewart, Fenland Poet Laureate

For the arrival of the Paralympic Flame to Wisbech Museum, August 2012

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