Day #20 – a sports poem
I tried the sports prompt but couldn’t quite get it
to work. Thought I had a future in the NFL
but back in the ninth grade I came to my senses,
laid down the football dreams, and switched
to cross-country in the fall, track in the spring.
Was a decent middle distance runner,
coach called me me gutsy, said I might break
the school record if I stuck with it. Quit track
my junior year. Left school. Wanted to be
grown too soon. Moved to the big city,
found a job, roomed in a boarding house.
Still did laps around the track, wind sprints
on my own, preparing for a comeback,
a metaphor of getting my life back on track.