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It's Not Gold

Published: 01 July 2019

SOL FC bronze medal

No, it's not gold.
It is also not just ideas and words.
In the palm of my hand is the bronze Sun
whose worth is so much more than the scars
that will decorate my elbows, hips, and knees
from last Saturday to the next and the next;
more than the breathlessness of that stormy day;
more than the sadness of losing in the final four;
more than the pain in my back from a twisted vertebra
that begged me not to twist it any further
when I stood, and I dived, and leapt
and saved all that I can save
until I needed to save no more.
What I have on hand is not gold
but in my heart is a golden dream
that no matter what colours I wear
will shine through— only for you.