Manvotional: The Answer by Grantland Rice

by Brett & Kate McKay on October 3, 2010 · 5 comments

in A Man's Life, Manvotionals

The Answer

By Grantland Rice

When the battle breaks against you and the crowd forgets to cheer,
When the Anvil Chorus echoes with the essence of a jeer;
When the knockers start their panning in the knocker’s nimble way,
With a rap for all your errors and a josh upon your play.
There is one quick answer ready that will nail them on the wing;
There is one reply forthcoming that will wipe away the sting;
There is one elastic come-back that will hold them, as it should,
Make good.

No matter where you finish in the mix-up or the row,
There are those among the rabble who will pan you anyhow;
But the entry who is sticking and delivering the stuff,
Can listen to the yapping as he giggles up his cuff;
The loafer has no come-back and the quitter no reply,
When the Anvil Chorus echoes, as it will, against the sky;
But there’s one quick answer ready that will wrap them in a hood,
Make good.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sergiu October 3, 2010 at 3:43 am

Great one

2 Stephen October 3, 2010 at 5:32 am

A common response to athletes who are paid millions complaining about things the crowd says about them is “for 50,000 a week I’d take it, I’d stay longer just to take it” because, although the crowd is shouting abuse at you, you’re a professional sportsman doing a job thousands would kill to do and you make an absolute fortune doing it – you’ve won. It’s never particularly pleasant to get but it’s much easier to hear it from a position of strength.

3 Chris Maurer October 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm

This is a good pick-me-up to start the work week. No matter what kind of crud they fling at you, make good.

4 Jim Price October 4, 2010 at 11:18 am

That is very elequent ode from Grantland but one that has a powerful message. Those pro sportsmen who are paid millions yet gripe about being booed should remember that while the booing may not seem fair, supporters are entitled to their opinions.

5 George October 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Thanks Brett and Kate for adding that great poem.
To me it is about persistence winning through and doing the best you can with your current situation (“make good”).

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