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The Coach

January 5, 2016
By Daniel.W.Evensen PLATINUM, Eagle River, Wisconsin
Daniel.W.Evensen PLATINUM, Eagle River, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
Isaiah 40:31
Those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength, they will run and not be faint, walk and not be weary.

Shouts echo in the room,
Sweat drips from the wrestlers.
The mat is as moist a May morning.
My coach he yells and then he shouts.
‘Ring ‘em round and bring ‘em down’.
These words echo through my head.
As I sweat, under my opponent,
My mind goes to mysterious places.
“Embrace the grind,” I hear him shout.
Sweat, toil and tears.
Win a victory.
Go to state.
Half Nelson, body pulled in every direction.
Cradle, Ball-N-Chain.
Stand-up, stand-out, escape.
Ankle pick. Takedown.
Float like a butterfly,
Sting like a bee.
I wake up from a distant dream.
Of victory and joy.
A shout from my coach and I am back.
Back to embrace the grind of reality,
Back to embrace the rewards of endurance.
When I run or wrestle or tussle in the grass,
Thoughts of my coach go through my head.
Embrace the grind. Be a victor.
I’m forever a victor, because of my coach.

The author's comments:

To my coach who made me great.

To my brother who made me better.

To my parents who never let me quit.

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