The Russian skater

lost her chance for gold.

How do we rate her?

Only fifteen years old.

A child who lost her right to grow;

Whose nurture and support 

gave way to a sport

where winning was

the only place to go.

Doped, likely by her

coaches and trainers.

The competitors who gloat

over her demise 

are no less exploited

although deaf to her cries.

February 22, 2022

7 thoughts on “Loss

    1. Been working on music for a song co-written with Dan Friedman for his upcoming book launch Cabaret (on Zoom). Also compiling a chapbook for a contest. Thanks for asking. I have an anti-war poem that’ll I’ll be sending your way


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