Hail To The Youth, Let The Games Begin!

The gathering has started
With all its properness
The opening ceremony, a river of youth
Celebrating the air of camaderie
Not a place for the aged
Just spectators of a time gone by
Shining on each champion’s face
The pride of representing
The honor of being chosen
Nations standing shoulder to shoulder
No strife to intefere
A time for peace
And a time to fairly challenge
As the opening comes to a close
One is reminded of tomorrow
A testimony to endurance
Athletes pitted against each other
All striving for the prize
Every ounce of strength expended
Charging to the finish
All with an eye toward the gold

A paen poem is a song or lyric poem expressing triumph or thanksgiving. It comes from the Greek παιάν (also παιήων or παιών), “song of triumph, any solemn song or chant.” The earliest appearances of a paean or hymn of thanksgiving also appear in the Iliad. The most famous paeans are those of Bacchylides and Pindar. Paeans were sung at the festivals of Apollo (especially the Hyacinthia), at banquets, and later even at public funerals. In later times they were addressed not only to the gods, but to human beings. Paean is now usually used to mean an expression of praise or exultation (such as its coining in the tautological expression “paeans of praise”).
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