Two Examples of Toughness

A woman nearly loses a leg
In a boating accident
Told she would never live normally
What does she do
Squats, overhead at that,
Teaching her body to run again
In spite of the metal holding
Her leg together

A girl daring to speack
Against a culture that says, “Shut up,”
By shooting her to silence her
What does she do
Keeps speaking, on a world stage at that
Teaching us all about injustice
Despite the contract
On her life

A trio of athletes
Grizzled in gridiron greatness
Spoiled by the false accolades bestowed upon them
What did they do when challenged
Quit, at dawn’s early light at that
Proving that rights of passage
Only come to those
Able to face adversity

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