Ode to a Champion

You’ve earned your honor

Fifty-times over, please dear friend

Save the pain for another night.

Dismiss the doubters, for now

Is not the moment to sink below.

You’ve bested the best

Stormed the competition with light-

Hearted integrity – the signs of

A true champion.

Cold dispositions hold no sway

Over your pride, your kingly power.

Leave the frowns to their dungeon cellars

So they can train for another day.

You stand as champion tonight

But tomorrow, the hungry return

Stronger, and well-read

To your ingenious strategies

You’ve won the hearts of many.

Revel in your temporary peace.

Enjoy a sweet drink or two,

Before the sun dips too low

Go forth into tomorrow,

Young champion.