Poetry · Writing

participation trophy; one for the grave

you matched and won

i’ll never forget that

you showed

deflated;

fates and twisted humanity

they go together like target and panera

every corner;

but ill tell our kids-

you showed when everyone pointed and questioned

you fucking tried;

more then they can say

One thought on “participation trophy; one for the grave

  1. Definitely a faulty concept. Beyond how participation trophies influence performance and achievement later on in life there are other considerations.

    Guilt would be one of the more oblique considerations. Anyone with a conscience feels guilt when they obtain something they didn’t earn. That can run the gambit from verbal praises to promotes, etc. Kids are no different. Even if it is at a deeper subconscious level it racks children with guilt. Children much like adults have internalized our unwritten norms, values , and virtues. While it might be fun to be a winner for a moment if it isn’t substantial true the high is short lived. The facts of reality set in and joy is rapidly fleeting. Most things that are contrived and insincere are ethereal. Therefore, are short lived and paired with a stifling crash.

    Overall, great poem.

    https://invertedlogicblog.wordpress.com/2019/12/22/praise-needs-to-be-earned-wisdom-from-adam-smith/

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