You did work hard.
You sacrificed all you have got.
You carefully laid down your playing cards.
Yet, the universe willed it and you lost.
A few days of tears
Seem like the longest years.
But what use are they?
They are wasting your day,
And there is nothing you can do about it.
Yes, the universe willed it.
And now you despise it.
You wonder why, and more you cry.
But, dear me, you are blind!
You do not see how much you have improved
How the universe is secretly helping you.
In this world there is no loser-
just a winner and a learner.
Believe in yourself, in your efforts, in your gifts.
And you will get just the right lift.
To enter the world with new determination…
To help this world and our generation.
So never doubt the power in you,
One day, you too, shall be great.
But remember, whether you win or you lose,
As long as your efforts are killer…
You shall always be a winner!
This is a poem that I wrote in 6th grade. I specifically remember writing this in the back of my class in 2016 on a torn off piece of notebook paper for the school magazine. I have changed and reworked it to help say what I really wanted to say, while staying true to the original roots of the poem. ‘True Winner’ was the first poem I published on my blog on August 6, 2016, having written it before I even had a blog.
Basically what I tried to say here was that hard work will see you through, and also that if you give your best to something, irrespective of whether you win or lose, you are a ‘winner’ because giving your all to something is the victory. Wow this is deep. Props to twelve year old Arshia.