Wednesday, June 09, 2010

On the Attack

I feel I have to preface this poem with a disclaimer.

I am a basketball fan, but I have not followed women's professional basketball (WNBA).

However, when I was looking for basketball poems, I ran across this book about professional women basketball players and several of the poems in it are just fantastic.

So, since the WNBA season is going on right now, and since I'm waiting for the children to completely finish their chores so we can go to the beach (and I think technically they are now waiting for me), I will share with you this poem about Lisa Leslie, a WNBA player for the LA Sparks.

On The Attack: Lisa Leslie

By Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Graceful gazelle

gallops and glides

fast past defenders

with effortless strides.

Sly and swift

and standing tall,

eyes on alert,

nose sniffing for ball.

Positioned in paint

ready to score,

on misses and bricks

bouncing from boards.

Two points scored

on rebound and putback,

using animal instincts

while attacking the rack.


Molly Sabourin said...

Well Michelle, I truly had no idea there were poems (good ones at that!) out there about women's basketball! Lisa Leslie must be quite the player. Thanks for expanding my literary horizons! : )

Kris Livovich said...

You don't watch women's basketball? I thought the Sabourin (including formerly named Sabourins) watched ALL the sports!

Michelle said...

Kris -
You'd think so! I tried it when the league first started, but it didn't stick. Then the games moved to cable, and well, we don't get those channels.

Thanks for the laugh!
PS - we do not watch golf. Glen's grandpa does, but he's the only one I know of in the family who watches golf.

PS #2 - we also do not watch racing. except for parts of the Indy 500 because, well, my husband is a Hoosier through and through.

Thought you should know. :)