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A Day In the Life of a Tennis Player

September 16, 2015 10:29 AM

The Tennis Match.

This tennis match is the most dreadful ever
And don’t try to convince me that 
There is delight in playing this game
This match can, and will, get downright ugly. 

Even if
Every now and then, I hit a winning shot
My game is such a transitory thing. 
And it’s not true that 
Tennis, like all sports, is all about the heart.

There is exceptional joy in this game
Though you practice a thousand times
It’s seldom true you have great shots 
The Pros will tell you that

The win  
The excitement.  

Winning tennis is beyond my ability
And never, ever will I even whisper
I can win this match.


Alpena Joe.  

Author’s note: I found this new, at least to me, literary structure on Face Book.  The only information I could find on the author was that she attended an east coast high school.  I have kept true to the “down - up” structure, bringing two different messages but changed all the original words and recast it for a tennis match.  As a salute to her creative writing skills, I am reminded of movie Casablanca (1942), when Rick (Humphrey Bogart) turns to Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) as she is rearranging a bouquet of  flowers in the corner, and says, “… here’s looking at you kid.”