"The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

National Pastime

They're here! The finals of the Procrastination Sprint,
the event you've been intending to attend sometime.
Our featured contestant has been training all her life
and would surely be one of the top national contenders
if anyone had gotten around to calculating the statistics.
Just look at her scores going into this round.
Weeks, months, even years of putting off doing things
have all added up to a solid run for the gold.
And she's not one of those amateur players, the kind
that doesn't put their heart into it. No, she cares,
she feels the urgency of those to-do lists every day.
That may be what gives her the edge in these sprints.
Look, the deadline is approaching. She's calculating now,
waiting for the very last moment to start her race.
Will she ever make her move? -- Finally, there she goes.
A late start that may cost her the trophy. Could the pressure
be throwing her off her game? Or maybe she can pull it off yet.
You never know till it's over... Let's sit back and watch.

~ Tamary Shoemaker
(From a prompt at Poetic Asides to write a poem about a sport.)

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