They are the gods and goddesses of today,
Descended from the Olympians of Greece.
From every land on Earth they come to play;
Though there be wars and strife they come in peace.
They meet to test their skills in many a sport;
Their bodies, tuned pianos, are perfection.
With poise and graceful rhythm they cavort;
To all the struggling world they give direction.
Through years of training, physical and mental,
They work with love and hope and discipline.
Though strong as lions, with children they are gentle;
Their smiles when they compete are genuine.
They jump and vault and shoot and swim and throw;
They somersault and run and skate and ski.
They give their all to win and yet they know
It is the game that counts, not victory.
Our souls cry out for heroes, let us follow;
From chains of hate the imprisoned seek release.
Each deity, Athena or Apollo,
Will lead us to a world of love and peace.