Honorable Mention

An oxymoronic occupation
With a job description
Of “Not good enough,
Try again.”

The multifarious emotions
Of being a runner up.
Honor in the effort,
A participation trophy, if you will.

But merely a mention,
A temporal tribute,
Fading, festering,
And falling into the void.

Bitterly excited,
There’s no place I’d rather be.
For I was merely myself;
And at that, I’ll forever be
Better
Than everyone else.

Published by: cynicalwordsmith

I am, by no means, a professional writer. I have no dreams of becoming such. I just enjoy writing in my very sparse free time, both poetry and short stories. If you enjoy any of my works in particular, feel free to tell me. I always enjoy the feedback.

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3 thoughts on “Honorable Mention”

  1. Definitely a faulty concept. Beyond how participation trophies influence performance and achievement later on in life there are other considerations.

    Guilt would be one of the more oblique considerations. Anyone with a conscience feels guilt when they obtain something they didn’t earn. That can run the gambit from verbal praises to promotes, etc. Kids are no different. Even if it is at a deeper subconscious level it racks children with guilt. Children much like adults have internalized our unwritten norms, values , and virtues. While it might be fun to be a winner for a moment if it isn’t substantial true the high is short lived. The facts of reality set in and joy is rapidly fleeting. Most things that are contrived and insincere are ethereal. Therefore, are short lived and paired with a stifling crash.

    Great poem!

    https://invertedlogicblog.wordpress.com/2019/12/22/praise-needs-to-be-earned-wisdom-from-adam-smith/

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