Friday, October 12, 2007

The Agony of Defeat

Kelly's reference to Emily Dickinson's poem in her comment to an earlier post deserves a bigger screen.

Success is Counted Sweetest

Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple host
Who took the flag to-day
Can tell the definition,
So clear, of victory,

As he, defeated, dying,
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Break, agonized and clear.

The photo by Peter Richardson depicts Julius Jones reacting to Nebraska's defeat of Notre Dame.

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