Post-weekend Poetry 032: Olympic 4-liners

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the thirty-second poem in this series. Actually this week sees a selection of four-line Olympic-themed poems by four guest authors, starting with the first to reach me and the one who gave me the idea (thanks, Keith)…

Keith Blowes:

To come first would be best
To take part would mean a lot
To finish at all is an achievement
To be a member of the team (GB) means everything.


Sharon E Cathcart

I’ve seen the big diving montage,
The opening ceremony, one giant collage.
There’s only one sport not before my visage:
Where the hell is the dressage?


Sharon told me that her favorite equestrian sport, dressage, is never covered in the US. She has been writing for as long as she can remember and always has at least one work in progress.  She lives in the Silicon Valley, California, with her husband and an assortment of pets.


Olympic by Dr. Arijit Bag

It’s not about the wining, but
It’s about the glory of taking part.
It’s not only the five colored rings
It’s for friendship and war-less springs.


Antique Dealer’s Olympic Lament by Barbara Barth

Gymnastics, swimming, tennis and more –
To visit London for the Olympics, oh such a bore!
Antiques, Portobello Road, is where you’ll find me
My pockets full of cash on a huge shopping spree!


Thank you everyone, that was fun… and poignant. 🙂

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