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When Winning

Eavesdropping unofficial contest

By Penny FullerPublished 3 months ago β€’ 1 min read
When Winning
Photo by Kristina Flour on Unsplash

When winning

Stay far from the hidden corners

of whispery echoes.

It is here you will hear

why you are undeserving,

not enough,

a try-hard,


lucky and

a cheat.

It is not your hard work

or perseverance they see,

the sore losers.

It is the tall poppy-head of your talent and tenacity

that must be snipped

to grow no higher than the rest.

Do not drown in the leaky whine

of sour grapes.

This burden is not yours.

Do not harden your heart

due to casual cruelty.

Your vulnerability can remain your strength.

Instead, find the corners where the whispers

are of encouragement, admiration and cooperation.

Listen for the rustling wind that blows through the long grasses

of paths unforged.

Stretch your fingers forward to find the glass panels

left by those who cannot compete but can only deter.

If you do, you will travel so far

that the small-minded murmurs

will no longer be

within earshot.

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About the Creator

Penny Fuller

(Not my real name)- Other Labels include:

Lover of fiction writing and reading. Aspiring global nomad. Woman in science. Most at home in nature. Working my way to an unconventional life, story by story and poem by poem.

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  • Randy Wayne Jellison-Knock3 months ago

    Amen, Penny.

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  • Good take on this challenge! Love the conclusion βœ…

  • Gargie S Anand3 months ago

    Such a powerful composition. Felt like needed this. Awesome!

  • D.K. Shepard3 months ago

    Excellent poem with a great message! Loved the reference to different corners and the encouragement to listen to the voices of those who uplift you because they’re in your corner.

  • sleepy drafts3 months ago

    Yessss!!!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» Oh my goodness, this is so beautifully done and such an important message. I adored, "Do not drown in the leaky whine / of sour grapes." Brilliant. Thank you so much for submitting this to the unofficial challenge/Sleepy Mission!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

  • Jazzy 3 months ago

    Whew I loved this so much!

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