Obstacles seemingly insurmountable have lessons to impart
Respect adversities but stay firm in the face of all attempts to thwart
Many a battle needs to be conceded before the war is finally done
Discretion and guile at times matter more than any bullet escaping a gun
At the finishing line is the victor bruised and battered
But with spirits undiminished, untarnished, and undeterred.
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