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On Failed Parachute
by Taylor Ryan

Thursday, August 03, 2006
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His name is Michael ... a collegiate athlete studying Sports Management and Kinesiology, a Personal Trainer, and LMT who plans to play in the US Open this year. Injured only a few short years ago...his spirit is a inspiration as are the others with whom he shares the love of this complicated game. Just part of my work that continues to take me away from AD for a while.

Photo Credit: A.F. Love
a friend and w/c athlete herself
ChooChoo Classic
Wheelchair Tennis Tournament 2006

________________________________________



Glint of silver spokes and cantilevered
Wheels astride...appendages unavailing in
The swift rolling glimpse of life's
Unlikely athlete.
Twice armed with the weapons of this game,
His life abruptly rearranged in
Split-second tragedy...invincibility crushed,
Yet calmly focused, stunningly resolute...and proud.
His spirit resounds.
Lips and eyes in charismatic smile
Rising ash dusted as the Phoenix to
Levels of commanding significance.
Afloat...no longer adrift on failed parachute.
Silks of particolored inspiration
Forever permeate his soul.
Fiercely competitive, mind and body retrained.
With paradoxical freedoms of fate unexplained
The smoothly, sinewed warrior...
Ripped muscles, tensely toned
A sexy stare, sweat enhanced,
A vision... in conflict with
Man's concept of physical perfection.
But by who's standard is he truly compared?
Conquoring the spheric, saffron blur with
Pivoting spins and a commanding shot arsenal
Within the linear white, court confines
Of scalding rust and emerald DecoTurf
Confidence spinning, psyche engrained,
Footwork an unnecessary factor
In his now swift wheeled game of love...
He glides silently on the surface, self-assured
This man...this athlete...this inspiration,
A champion reborn.


 

Taylor Ryan

© 2006 Taylor Ryan (All rights reserved)
    


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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/1/2007
Taylor,

The wheelchair is an extention of his talent, his God given ability to be a winner, no matter the odds. A most beautifully inspiring write: being disabled myself, I forget the blessings of just BEING. Alive. Thank you for the reminder: well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, karla.
Reviewed by Butch Howard 7/15/2007
This is a masterpiece of admiration which aptly conveys the awesome power of the human spirit through powerful words and images which took me back to a memory of having to come to terms with the possibility of losing my own ability to walk, after sustaining spinal injuries in an auto accident. Your word choice here and the emotions you stir is beyond anything I could ever hope to attain in my own work. I am both inspired and amazed at your poem and at your dedication to the giving of your time and talents for the benefit of others! This poem tells me there is something very special about the author, in that it reflects the beauty of the poet's own compassion, character, heart and soul.
Your grateful fan,
~Butch Howard
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 8/14/2006
Ryan, Your friend is a true inspiration to those of us who still have all limbs intact...but make excuses why we can't do things like sports! I admire this gentleman greatly. My best to him as he plays the sport I love to watch and play. It boggles my mind how he accomplishes the feat, but he certainly inspires me to persevere. Thank you for sharing this post.

God Bless
Lena
Reviewed by Connie Faust 8/9/2006
This is wonderful! An inspiring portrait of the inner man
who rose from his tragedy to a new life where triumph is
still his goal. Beautifully done.
Connie
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/9/2006
this is what makes the Champion :-) Others would of looked at this as defeat. He knew the difference and it is his style that will teach many others to get on with life and enjoy it fully at all times. Thank you for this sharing.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/9/2006
Most beautiful tribute Taylor!!

Thanks for sharing!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by George Carroll 8/8/2006
A dominant spirit can over come tragedy.
Reviewed by A PAX 8/8/2006
A wonderful tribute to the human spirit....
so much is possible in life, with the right attitude and drive
bravo
pax A
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 8/7/2006
This makes me weep with both a surge of victorious energy and with a sob of compassion. You devote your time well, Taylor. Psychologically, some athletes find it almost impossible to refind their worth once their apparent strengths have been forfeited, but some struggle through to the higher level of fortitude that you speak of here. This kind of thing makes me truly passionate. I attend a Sports Training Village which is a national centre for the training of national and international athletes... I can testify to the passion and impressive presence which the para-olympians bring to the environment which generates a culture of determination and resiliance... and respect. Awesome, thank you and bless you. Reborn indeed. LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 8/7/2006
F a n t a s t i c. Not only have you created a greatly inspiring
poem about a greatly inspiring individual, you have done it
with verve and originality. Attention to imagery that speaks of
talent and discipline on your part, as well. B R A V O~~!!!
'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Damien Rickner 8/6/2006
An inspiring tribute. Play on.
Reviewed by Suzie Palmer 8/4/2006
"A vision... in conflict with
Man's concept of physical perfection.
But by who's standard is he truly compared?"
Fantastic question and fantastic write Taylor!
Michael is an inspiration! Thank you for sharing him and the work you do away from AD! You rub shoulders with incredible souls ... as you are!
Love, Suzie :-D

Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 8/3/2006
This is such an excellent tribute...I have often marveled at those who seem to overcome odds that break many asuder...this is very inspiring Taylor...thanks for sharing.

Allen
Reviewed by jude forese 8/3/2006
wonderful tribute to a man of endurance ...
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 8/3/2006
You can knock a man down but you can't make him die and this pen is a fine example of this old saying of my fathers'. In the worst tragedies a man can face... this young man rose above and proved that to conquere the physical is a fete that man is capable of in any capacity if he truly believes in himself. Your pen is a look at a hero and this man is just this for children of any fate...he rose above and made the word brave....winner, a possibility for anyone to achieve no matter the physical condition.

Taylor...you are one Hell of a Champ for this pen...and a hell of a woman!

susan
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 8/3/2006
Taylor, you dazzle us with this glorious tribute to Michael, a giant of a man, with an unconquerable spirit!

Hats off, to Michael and all those who overcome...and to you, dearest Taylor, for using your gift, to acknowledge them!

God bless you!
Love, Rhonda
Reviewed by Peter Paton 8/3/2006
Taylor

A real true grit story, that shows that guts and spirit will overcome all obstacles and barriers in life..

Michael is a true champion in every sense of the word, as he has stared down adversity, and decided that attack is the best form of defense !

You have penned a truly ingratiating and engaging tribute from the well of your remarkable soul..

Love and Prayers
Peter
Reviewed by richard cederberg 8/3/2006
An excellent tribute to an undaunted and courageous soul. The image reveals a man deeply focused, strong, and willing to persevere against all odds. I salute Michael in respect!

I commend this loving write! It takes an intelligent and passionate soul to do such!

In fraternity ...
Richard Lloyd Cederberg
Reviewed by Miss Pandora 8/3/2006
True grit...'his spirit resounds'through this truly thought provoking tribute to your friend. Stunning work Taylor. Glad to see you back my friend - hope the coach survived! LOL Love Panda :)
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/3/2006
Thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute, Taylor. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 8/3/2006
blimey all these words mesmerisied my little brain thingy..
Just hit rebatch and hit 320/240 on jpeg if yer can... Other wise just show us a big one...
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 8/3/2006
You know that I would love this poem.. this tribute to a winner! In that I do not mean the game of tennis but the spirit of life...may those who see him understand that his limitations are his own to decide and not what others may place upon him. EXCELLENT Taylor!!!

Myrna
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/3/2006
Taylor, this is a splendid tribute to Michael and all who strive in the game under such adverse conditions! I love tennis my favorite sport, and to watch them leaves me in awe!I'm looking forward to the open!Remarkable poem!Bless you!

Love,
Eileen
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/3/2006
This man...this athlete...this inspiration,
A champion reborn.

And a most wonderful ode to him, Taylor.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 8/3/2006
Ah ha!! Wonderful, uplifting and proud poem about a proud man who, it seems is make everyone around him that much . . . Yep . . . You guessed it . . . Prouder! Great poem. Great guy. Great poet.
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