Archers Creed

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The US Marine Corps have a prayer - its called the Riflemans Creed as every marine is required to be a trained rifleman. History and tradition give the US marines an extremely close relationship with their rifles ... and given Archers love their bows at least as much as marines love their rifles, perhaps we should have a creed/prayer as well:

This is my bow.
There are many others like it, but this one is mine so don’t even think about touching it.
My bow is my best friend.
It is my life even when I am asleep because I dream about archery.
I must master it as I must master my bad language when I make a lousy shot.
Without me, my bow would probably win every competition it goes to.
Without my
bow, I would have to shoot a training bow and that would make me sad.
I must shoot my bow true.
I must shoot better than my opponents, who are trying to steal medals that are rightly mine...
...and put them off by being mega confident even if I'm as nervous as a cat in a dog pound.
Before the archery gods I swear this creed:
My bow and myself are defenders of my position in the Scottish rankings, we are the masters of our class and we pay the mortgages of coaches.
So be it, until I’m in the Scottish squad and everyone gets peace from my endless whynging.

Amen.