Losing by Blaine Kaltman

You’re not going to win every battle you fight
Some will say that you’re wrong even when you are right.

Any man can take action, but results you can’t choose
There are times when no matter what, you’re bound to lose.

Not all heroes are winners, not all villains are weak.
Not all judges will trust in the truth that you speak

Not all bullies’ comeuppance comes up as we’d hope
Sometimes innocent parties will hang from a rope

Nonetheless, we pray. There must be a plan.
Truth and justice for all, God protects moral man.

But on days God’s not watching or seems not to care.
Best to pick battles carefully. Think twice. Beware.

Yet never stop fighting when you know you’re not wrong
Losing, not winning, teaches us to be strong.

Life is not about how hard you attack
It’s defined by our will to lose but come back

Regroup, rethink, still hold your head high
You’re not a loser for losing if you continue to try

So cast off your sadness, and dust off your shame
You might not have won, but at least you played the game

And next time around should more losses come
You’ll know that you tried, so you already won.

Blaine Kaltman has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Queensland. He is the author of “Under the Heel of the Dragon” http://www.ohioswallow.com/author/Blaine+Kaltman and the producer, lead actor, and screenplay writer of the award winning film “Back Alley Bulls” http://influxmagazine.com/back-alley-bulls-review/. He is a Foreign Service officer with the US State Department and fluent in Mandarin Chinese. His latest artistic venture is a hard rock band named Stone Mob and a cowboy themed video to support their first single “Murder Town” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK-S9vPdpNs . But none of this has stopped Blaine from writing poems almost everyday for the past twenty years.



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