The Sports+ Lounge presents: 'The GOAT' by Jaylon Thompson

Jaylon Thompson
USA TODAY Sports Plus

Welcome to the USA TODAY Sports+ Lounge! The premier place for all creatives to showcase their talents. Every Friday, we will spotlight different artistic content for the 2021 NFL season. 

This week, USA TODAY Sports+ community engagement producer Jaylon Thompson presents his debut poem "The GOAT" ahead of opening weekend. 

Sit back, relax and welcome again to the The USA TODAY Sports+ Lounge. 

The GOAT 

At the top of mountain, the scenery is clear.

The silence is deafening but there is no semblance of fear.

A wily goat stands alone, still feasting two decades strong.

Like a gusty wind, the seasons have changed. New hunters emerge but the prey remains the same.

Ravens soar from high above, while Titans clash forevermore.

The goat knows his time is near. New young blood have made it abundantly clear. 

It’s never easy when lions and bears surround his pack. Ready to pounce for a momentary attack.

Old nemesis are also a challenge. And there are some goodies.

Like the sheep up north in a wool hoodie.

Still he must buck the trend and defend his crown. 

Even if he sometimes can’t remember the time the sun goes down. 

As the days become shorter, a fight nears on the horizon. 

Feast or famine. Survive and thrive. Do everything you can to stay alive.

In a fortnight, the goat starts his journey.

Down the mountain, back into the fray. In the field of prairies he is ready to play. 

The quest begins in a foreign land where cows are meek. To win this battle, the goat must be active and sleek. 

How will he survive, only the creator knows. But one thing is clear, this goat is ready to put on another show.