Coleman Barks

(1937 / Chattanooga, Tennessee)

Glad - Poem by Coleman Barks

In the glory of the gloaming-green soccer
field her team, the Gladiators, is losing

ten to zip. She never loses interest in
the roughhouse one-on-one that comes

every half a minute. She sticks her leg
in danger and comes out the other side running.

Later a clump of opponents on the street is chant-
ing, WE WON, WE WON, WE . . . She stands up

on the convertible seat holding to the wind-
shield. WE LOST, WE LOST BIGTIME, TEN TO

NOTHING, WE LOST, WE LOST. Fist pumping
air. The other team quiet, abashed, chastened.

Good losers don't laugh last; they laugh
continuously, all the way home so glad.


Comments about Glad by Coleman Barks

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (5/29/2016 10:56:00 AM)


    Good losers don't laugh last; they laugh/ continuously, all the way home so glad. Yes, all sportsmen should be like that. Many today seem to have not got that kind of spirits. Wonderful message it caries should be engraved in to he hearts of all sportsmen as well as sportswomen of today. Congratulations on your accomplishment. X (Report) Reply

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  • Bharati Nayak (5/29/2016 6:44:00 AM)


    'Good losers don't laugh last, they laugh
    continuously, all the way home so glad- - So beautifully captured the true spirit of a game.A sport is for fun.Apart from making our body strong it teaches us so many things that are essential for all round development of our personality.It teaches us how to accept victory and loss equally.It develops friendliness and team spirit Those who derive pleasure in playing, they are always happy, even in defeat.
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  • Rajnish Manga (5/29/2016 6:32:00 AM)


    Nice words about sportsman spirit in life. This is for everybody to follow. Thanks:
    Good losers don't laugh last; they laugh
    continuously, all the way home so glad.
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  • (5/29/2016 4:46:00 AM)


    Watching all those soccer games and cheering up for the team even when they lose.......I remember that spirit with a fondness. Yes that gladness stays with continuously. Loved the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/29/2016 12:51:00 AM)


    So glad with muse of the games! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 15, 2016

Poem Edited: Friday, April 15, 2016


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