This new Olympic flame behold,
that once burned bright in Greece of old;
With happy hearts receive once more
these Games revived on London's shore.
Praise rival teams, in sport allied,
as athletes stream from far and wide;
The poet too must take the road
conveying praise to victory owed.
Millions of watchers will embrace
the passion of each close-run race,
The efforts of the rowing teams
and gymnasts balancing on beams.
They will observe with rapt delight
the archer draw his bowstring tight,
The skillful rider guide her horse,
and lightning bolt around the course.
The pipes will play, the drum resound,
as medallists are daily crowned;
The crowd's hurrah will reach the skies
when victors hoist the golden prize.
Now welcome to this sea-girt land,
with London's Mayor and co. at hand.
Good luck to all who strive to win:
applaud, and let the Games begin!
By Dr. Armand D'Angour
Commissioned for the 2012 London Games