A Victory in Defeat

They approached each battle,
As fearless warriors,
With the strength of their skills,
And the weaknesses of their opponents.

They were the Magnificient Eleven,
As at each stage the nemesis fell,
With no answers to our heroes efforts,
But just great awe in our admiration.

The Great Day arrived,
All the battles had been won,
Just the finale of the war remained,
At the door step of eternal glory.

But at this eleventh hour,
What has happened,
Is it fear, or the fatigue of battle,
Our heroes are faltering and falling back,
The enemy has seen chinks in their armour,
And are advancing relentlessly.

The day is lost after a great struggle,
All that remains is the,
The shattered dreams,
With a billion tears shed,
But nothing can be taken away,
From our heroes,
For their stand for the nation,
At the gates of sporting glory,
Is itself a Victory in Defeat.

About this poem

Dedicated to the men in blue who faltered at the last hurdle of the ICC CWC 2023 and who were otherwise invincible throught out the tournament.

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Written on November 21, 2023

Submitted by lionelnapoleon on November 21, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 860
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Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 6, 9

Lionel Napoleon Therroth

Born in Kuwait,An Indian by nationality,brought up and schooled in Kochi,Kerala India.Completed Engineering in Electronics and Communication.Opted for job in Software Programming.Have travelled different parts of india,Oman,Bahrain.Pain is the inspiration behind my poetry. more…

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  • Arman_1
    Very metaphorical …. Would like to exchange thoughts
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