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First of All, I'd Just Like to Say ...

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

First ~ a Word Prompt to Inspire

There are many different types of writing prompts that we can use to coax us into writing our next piece. These include, but are not limited to photo prompts, word prompts, a paragraph or sentence as a story prompt, a song etc. I use a number of these but probably rely on word prompts the most and find them to be a wonderful way to get inspiration.

Fellow writer, poet and friend Brenda Arledge has once again provided us with this week's prompt via the word "first." Brenda's article 'Word Prompts Help Creativity~Week 53' is where you will find this prompt. My thanks to Brenda for providing inspiration once again.

First man to walk on the Moon: Image by sandid from Pixabay

First man to walk on the Moon: Image by sandid from Pixabay


For everything, there is a first,

when you were first born you were nursed.

Your first balloon may have burst,

the first coin you placed in a purse.

Your first kiss - "did I do that right?"

The first time going out at night.

I must be home before daylight,

or I may be grounded for life.

The first man set foot on the Moon,

landing in July, not June.

Meanwhile, in space, Old Blue Eyes crooned

a song called 'Fly Me to the Moon.'

I never could stand losing. Second place didn't interest me. I had a fire in my belly.

— TY Cobb

I say, "This time will be my last."

I indulged before, but that is past.

The first time it was quite a blast,

foolish youth for me has passed.

Now I've learned what to put first,

don't race ahead in a blind burst.

Foolhardiness is really cursed,

and fools are tricked on April 1st.

In my life, the die's been cast,

I'm determined not to finish last.

If there's no food, it's just a fast,

a new day's ahead - the future's vast.

If you want to have enough to give to others, you will need to take care of yourself first. A tree that refuses water and sunlight for itself can’t bear fruit for others

— Emily Maroutian

For this is what I'm meant to do,

In life and love, and writing too.

Reveal this message now to you.

Stand tall and you will see it through,

Take confidence, your heart is true.

Leading the Race: Image by Martina P from Pixabay

Leading the Race: Image by Martina P from Pixabay

First of All, I'd Just Like to Say

"First of all, I'd just like to say - Winning isn't everything," or so my father always told me. But, for me, coming first was the ultimate goal and I was determined to give it all I had to try to ensure that outcome.

From an early age, I had it drummed into me,

  • "It's all about being a good sport."
  • "It's not about winning or losing, but how you play the game."
  • "It's better to be a good loser, than an arrogant winner."
  • "As long as you do your best it doesn't matter where you finish."

These, plus a hundred other cliched phrases.

I listened to the advice and learned to always show good sportsmanship. If I was beaten I would swallow my pride and congratulate the winner on their effort. "A better man won on the day." But inside, I'd be determined to train harder, try harder, and be a winner next time.

My goal was to always finish first. If I showed promise at a certain sport or activity I would practice, train, or study until I was the best that I could be. If that took me to first place I'd feel fulfilled and continue to try to maintain and even improve that level. I didn't want to just show promise - I wanted to excel.

If however, after putting in all that work I still finished second, third (or worse) I'd often give up that event. Winning was important to me, and finishing first was really the only acceptable achievement for me. I didn't begrudge an opponent for winning, I just felt that I had failed.

Such a competitive nature may not be the best trait to have, and although I'm not as bad, I still have it to this day. If nothing else it gives me the drive and determination to try everything to the best of my ability. I just need to realise that being "my best" is good enough. I don't always need to finish first.

Being a winner is more than getting a first-place trophy, it is acting like the effort was an honour and the trophy is just a decoration.

— Bryan Mosely

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

There is No Number Two!

Everybody wants to win

no matter what they say.

The goal’s to always finish first -

at life, in work or play.

I’ll say to my opponent,

“You set me quite a task.

Be proud of your great effort.”

But humility’s my mask.

To be first in each endeavour

is what I strive to do.

I set my sights on Number One -

there is no Number Two!

Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.

— Ayrton Senna

Fun Fact

  • During Apollo 10's lunar mission, a cassette recording of relevant songs befitting a flight to the Moon was played. Sinatra's recording of this song was included along with others such as "Going Back to Houston" and "Moonlight Serenade." Therefore this song was one of the first-ever to be played in outer space. (source:

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