Patience is a man's greatest virtue,
Or so the saying goes.
A gymnast must've said it
For a gymnast surely knows
That in this funny sport of ours
Discouragement runs high,
And at times the very best will find
This virtue has passed us by.
When hands are ripped and throbbing,
When every muscle is sore
Can a gymnast have the patience
To limp back in for more?
When you've lost moves you used to do
And progress seems so slow
Can you have faith in better days,
And not feel sad and low?
Can you admit you're frightened,
Yet not give in to fear?
Can you conquer pain, frustration,
And often even tears?
When someone else does something
You've tried so long to do
Can you really feel glad to her,
Or just pity for you?
And when success feels far away,
Your efforts all in vain,
Can you force yourself to wear a smile
And disregard the pain?
If despite the tribulations,
You can say, "I won't give in."
Maybe someday you'll discover
That it is your time to win!