The shroud of Turin once brought fame
to this Italian town.
But now Torino boasts The Games
with bobsleds racing down.
There's ecstasy in downhill runs,
in slalom and in jumps.
But don't forget the agony
as some fall on their rumps.
There's skating, hockey, curling too.
Those alpine nights are cold.
But nothing warms these athletes
like striving for the gold.
With practiced skill they show their stuff.
in hopes that they will place.
And though their bodies push and strain,
they move on wings of grace.
What seems so easy is quite tough
These hearty souls have paid the price
and now they're cashing in.
In winter sports or daily life,
the bottom line's the same.
You can't stand on the podium
unless you've stood the pain.
So as you watch The Games tonight,
take stock in what you see.
Success requires working hard.
The payoff's never free.
|PO BOOKS BY GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS
Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.
A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.