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Poetic License: Two Tennis Poems with Same Happy Ending

December 3, 2011
Joe Pacheco , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Villanelle of the Senior Tennis Round Robin

(For Carmine Marotta)

Returning each morning to dust and clay,

We brave the perilous tennis shore

To beat oblivion one more day.

On court number one we start the fray

Not waiting for Time to settle the score,

Returning each morning to dust and clay.

Life's easy volleys all put away,

Above the waist-high net we soar

To beat oblivion one more day.

We spin and slice to dupe our prey

With chips and drops and lobs galore,

Returning each morning to dust and clay;

No ace or smash to ease our way,

Just rallies longer than ever before

To beat oblivion one more day.

So toward the final court we'll play

Tomorrow and forevermore,

Returning each morning to dust and clay

To beat oblivion one more day.

Juan Ponce de Len at the Racquet Club

Here on the soil where once I fought,

The quest for youth is fiercely sought,

Against the foes of sun and wind

Fresh hope is pinned on hip just pinned,

On scoops made possible by scope of knee

Or wrists supported with mercury;

A magnet velcroed to a thigh

Provides the force to jump up high

And elbows bubble-wrapped in gas

Unleash to whip out one more pass.

Discs fused forever for a while

Won't let the chiro's claims beguile

And pacemakers set to set the pace

Power us toward prosthetic grace:

Returning all on dust and clay

To beat oblivion one more day.

 
 

 

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