Finish Line. Poem by Michael Walker

Finish Line.

Rating: 4.3

Peter Snell was an unknown athlete
when he won the 800 metres gold medal
at the 1960 Rome Olympics, lunging at the tape
to just shade Roger Moens on the line.

The upset win boosted Snell's confidence
in middle-distance races back home.
In 1962 Snell broke the world mile record
on grass at Wanganui's Cooks gardens.

I likedthe grass track at Western Springs
and some evenings Peter Snell was there too,
training for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics
where he won the 800 metres and 1500 metres.

Snell set world and Olympic records at various distances,
yet the year after the Tokyo triumphs he retired.
The trajectory of his career was like a shooting star.
Then he moved across the sky to the United States.

(Peter Snell 1938-December 2019) .

2-4 January,2020.

Finish Line.
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Topic(s) of this poem: sport
Peter Snell is New Zealand's greatest athlete, which was acknowledged
when he was voted 'Athlete of the Century' in this country. I only had space to touch on his finest achievements, not all them. Peter Snell became an American citizen in 1994, and he was knighted by the New Zealand government in 2009.It was a well deserved honour.
Later in life Sir Peter was made the patron of Age Concern in Auckland, New Zealand. One important issue was dealing with elder abuse, which is not uncommon in my country. Peter Snell said: 'If there is any case of serious elder abuse, I want to know about it'.
Rajnish Manga 03 January 2020

Nice to know about this great athlete and his achievements in International sporting events having broken several world records. He was rightly adjudged as 'Athlete of the Century' in New Zealand. His humanitarian work after his retirement from active sports in 1964 remained very noteworthy.

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nick kerr kerr 25 January 2023

did a first grader write this

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bri edwards 28 February 2021

Michael, with PH as it is now, you may no longer visit, or you may but never see this note. I hope you are well. i persevere, now and then, hoping PH will recover someday to its glory. bri : )

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Bharati Nayak 30 January 2020

A wonderful tribute to Peter Snell of New Zealand who made his country men proud by winning gold in Olympics and breaking records as an athelete.The stories of such players are very motivating.Thank you Michael for this lovely piece of poem and also Congratulations for being selected as the Poet of the Day!

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Michael Walker 16 February 2020

Affirming heroes is not hero worship, which is getting out of date.

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Michael Walker 04 February 2020

Thanks for your generous sentiments. I do think that affirming heroes has a place in poetry still.

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Nike Ilupeju 29 January 2020

Beautiful! I love the simplicity of language, no embellishments. I got to know an athlete too

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Michael Walker 29 January 2020

Thanks for your positive endorsement of the poem.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 29 January 2020

A wonderful poem of the day. Congrats on you featured piece........10++++

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Michael Walker 29 January 2020

Thanks very much for your most welcome comment.

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