“And sink their bones to Davey Jones, hooray!” John Hagen, Anchors Aweigh
Playing the game,
That’s the thing,
Or so philosophers say.
It’s not the winning or the losing
It is the battle, the bruising,
The thrill of figuring out how to compete.
As they see the world as wins or losses.
Sports have not cornered this mentality
Politics, dating, test scores, college applications
Each has a stake in the competitive heart
The one that beats with pride when scores are right
And bleeds to death when things don’t work out
That’s just the way things are.
Perhaps it all gets to be too much
When people invest so much in energy in the outcome.
Maybe I’m a loser for thinking as such.