Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

Deuce

Tonelius Oliver


Failures and achievements
Neutrons surround my space
Longing to hear game, set, match
and the roar of the Gods
Knowing that I overcame all the obstacles
in my path

First serve broken many times
Yet I fight and fight and fight
Second serve adequate and sufficient
To keep me in this game of life
Knowing that I still have a ways to go
Picture this: Me standing on top of the One
Two and Three not bad but not good

A while back it was 40-Love
Now it's at Deuce
Taking my lead for granted
Letting my past accomplishments
Massage my ego

I sit and ponder
How? How? How did this happen?

With superior net play and a
tremendous forehand
Why did it turn out like this?
Do I need another raquet
No! The strings are tight on this one
Should I volley more?
Should I improve my backhand?

First serve broken many times
Yet I fight and fight and fight
Second serve adequate and sufficient
To keep me in this game

Visualizing an overhead smash and an Ace
Patiently waiting for a chance
to deliver the winning blows
then the polite trot and handshake as I
claim my victory

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Tonelius Oliver is a former freelance music journalist/poet with a collection of over three hundred poems. His recently published book is The Myth Stimuli. His Web site is www.philosopoet.com.

© Tonelius Oliver

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