Sports Poem

by Benjamin Samuels, age 12
Sports Poem Benjamin Samuels has recently begun to experiment with short stories. Eight in the Evening, a tale of a boxer in the twilight of his career, is his latest submission. He also loves raspberries, because he can put them on his fingers and have raspberry hands. Then he can eat them right off his fingers, which he insists makes them taste better.

“I find life often so represented by sports / The interwoven reliance of European football / With still the individual spotlight of baseball”

             

I find life often so represented by sports

 

The interwoven reliance of European football

With still the individual spotlight of baseball

 

The perseverance and small victories

As essential to life as it is to basketball

 

The dreary monotony, through it fine-tuned determination

So crucial to the trade of a runner

 

Often though one quarterback may lead the play

The receiver will score the winning touchdown

And neither is forgotten

 

Yet this idyllic portrait

Is not to ignore the dissenting voices that scream

of the goalie who dives in vain as time expires

the cleanup batter strikeout with runners on

 

But when all is said and done

and considered

and analyzed

Sports provide a nice summation

Of such a wonderful

and terrible

and complex thing

As life itself

 

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