With my heart thundering in my ears
As my stomach flutters to cope
My failing sight brings dread but I hope
For the dignity I might one day maintain
Though in my mind reigns rigid denial
My cheeks flush bright; give me away
A wandering thought has stricken me
Instinctively I turn, attempt the save.
Competition and challenges rise
And back fall I, to run, to hide
Athletic in retreat, in shame
To cower and close my eyes
I might make enough rope to hang myself
Deny the obvious, feel deep pain
And with nowhere to go but up in smoke
I skulk, I sulk, I remain.
Self-doubt and self pity must be removed
Don't lash out, be above the crowd
Fear of failure be banished from here
Make mother and father proud.