Absolutely Surreal Olympics

I wrote the original of the poem below during the 2012 London Olympics, prompted by the ecstatic rather than focused language of medal winners, which was quite understandably so. This was, and still is, a fond reflection of that joyous repetitiveness. I have added one line to represent the current Rio Olympics, and this is perhaps a little more satirical about the interviewers’ inane questioning about athletes’ ability to absorb their successes, and the response that I think is also a reflection of language change over the last four years where anything remotely new or surprising as an experience has a default description of being surreal, which in all instances it clearly isn’t and instead is the ‘absolutely’ palpable case!olympics2


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