Rhymes, Rants & Accolades from North Central BC

Nap prompt: I challenge you to write a poem in the form of a fan letter to a celebrity.
Dear Rick Hansen:
As heroes fare, there’s no one out there
Who can top “The Man in Motion:
He traversed the globe from ocean to ocean
In his manual wheelchair

In my mind’s eye there was once a young guy
With a fishing rod in hand
He’d caught a few fish, enough for a dish
As he roamed the rural bush land.

Riding home in a truck his share of good luck
Ran out for the rest of his life
When the accident left his spine badly bent
Depression cut in like a knife.

A natural athlete he began to repeat
The gym-work which must be incurred
To built up his strength to wheelchair the length
Of a journey around the world

Folks gave him donations as he crossed their nations
Money for research ‘n support
He became the speaker for those who were weaker
And the ones in handicapped sports

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