5 Rings to Rule Us All : The BEIJING Olympics
most awe-inspiring Olympic Opening I've ever seen,
and I'm positive that the Bosses in Beijing
wanted to underscore a very simple truth:
China will soon overtake the United States
and become the most powerful nation on Earth.
Well, they made a believer out of me.
I better take Mandarin language classes soon!
Thanks to all the National Geographic specials,
I was quite familiar with the intricate "Bird's Nest",
Beijing's magnificent Olympic Stadium;
steel and human
but nothing prepared me for the pomp and pageantry inside
that surpassed even the most extravagant Cirque du Soleil,
one to rule all
combined with elegant examples of ethereal "Wire Fu"
reminiscent of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon...
rings and runner
the gigantic scroll that served as the vast tableau
depicting China's three millenia of history and influence;
from stark origins
to explosions of color
the intricate showcases of art and discipline
by thousands of artists that boggled the mind,
the perfect melding
of man and machine
the march of the world's greatest athletes:
Manny from the Philippines, Kobe from America,
Dirk from Germany, Manu from Argentina,
and the hometown hero, Yao Ming.
literally and figuratively,
there will be fireworks at the games!
across thousands of miles and through thousands of years,
the Olympics will continue to shine its light
and help humanity achieve its highest potentials.