Monday Memories: Graceful Precision

This poem was written in November, 2018, to honor one of my granddaughters for her dedication to her sport of gymnastics.  Her passion and skills definitely show how far she has progressed over the years.  

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Music accompanies daring tumbling moves

Elegance and personality match the groove

 

Connecting a back layout with a back handspring

The floor exercise generates applause that rings

 

A most challenging event brings a fearless test

Strength, agility, and balance need to be best

 

Moving from the lower to the upper bar with such ease

The uneven bars finish with a dismount sure to please

 

A front handspring explodes from the springboard

Elongated body soars high to earn a worthy score

 

Twisting with a half or a full displays superb skill

The vault produces athleticism to deliver a thrill

 

Forward and backward walkovers with such poise

A 360 degrees pivot creates a hush with little noise

 

Connecting all the rhythmic moves with no doubts

The balance beam ends with a precise dismount

 

A spectacular gymnastics meet delivers the very bold

The crowd watches in amazement, nothing seems old

 

Competing for a high score and a gold medal, too

Such graceful precision will see this girl through

 

 

 

Monday Memories: Perseverance

This poem was written when one of my granddaughters was 11 years old.  She had recently moved up to Level 7, and she was facing challenges with her uneven bars routine.  At this meet, she finally completed her “giant” for the first time in competition.

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Perseverance is her nickname

Tenacity ignites her flame

 

A young gymnast spends hours sharpening her skills

Improving a challenging routine stirs up a giant thrill

 

Her practices have been going well thus far

Showing tireless energy to conquer the bars

 

Recent meets have brought a challenge her way

Missing the giant on the uneven bars both days

 

This Level 7 gymnast travels to her next meet

Hoping the Warrior Challenge will bring a feat

 

She will compete today in three events plus the bars

Believing in her athletic destiny as she arrives by car

 

The judges will be looking for routines to score the best

Expecting to assess poise and skills that pass the test

 

This determined gymnast competes with renewed poise

Warming up, she seems oblivious to the crowd’s noise

 

Her bars warm-up finishes exceedingly well

Feeling her inner confidence grow and swell

 

It’s her turn to show the best she can be

Nailing the giant at last for judges to see

 

Perseverance is her nickname

Tenacity ignites her flame

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Incredible!

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Autumn fills with sounds of cheering fans and the excitement of Friday night high school football games.  We pick up the action with play-by-play announcer “Cato the Cat” Johnson as he calls the final seconds of the game between the undefeated Valley High Bulldogs and the lowly Vernon High Bengals.

Welcome back football fans as the undefeated Valley High Bulldogs are poised to garner their 10th division championship in a row.  The winless Bengals of Vernon High have put up an incredible fight against overwhelming odds tonight, but their time in the limelight is about to be extinguished by the mighty Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs are poised to add to their lead with the score at 7-2.  The stingy Bengals have only yielded one score, and its defense has scored their only points with a safety back in the first quarter.

From the Bengals five-yard line, the Bulldogs are facing a second down and goal.  They line up in their favorite power run formation.  The ball is snapped.  But wait . . . fumble!

The Bengals have recovered!  Oh my, what a turn of events.  However, the Bulldogs still hold the lead, and the game clock only shows enough time for one more play.

The Bengals face nearly the entire length of the football field—95 yards to be exact.  With only one more play, it appears their woeful season will end on another sour note.  At least the marching band has performed quite well this season.

The Bengals line up in a spread formation.  The Bulldogs’ defense sets up in a prevent mode.  They only need to stop the Bengals here, and their string of championship crowns will continue.

The ball is snapped.  Instead of passing, the Bengals hand the ball off to their speedy halfback Kurt Warner.  With a power sweep to the right, the Bengals are pushing the ball up the sideline.  There is a phalanx of blockers in front of Warner.

Only two players stand between the Bengals and a touchdown.  One blocker takes out a defender, and Warner fakes left and hustles right, leaving the last tackler humbled on the ground.

Nelson is on his way . . . to the 30, the 20, the 10 . . . touchdown!!

The Bengals score, and the game is over.  Vernon High 8, Valley High 7.

Oh my football fans!  We have seen an incredible finish for the ages.

Life isn’t always as basic as a seemingly simple high school football game.  Just as Vernon High comes into the game as a hapless underdog, Jesus Christ is perceived to be a loser and an underdog when he is taken to Calvary and a cruel Cross.  Football fans underestimate the resolve of the Bengals, just as people underestimate Christ’s purpose.

The Vernon High team experiences an unbelievable moment, but it pales in comparison to the stunning moment when Jesus’ followers find the empty tomb. 

Incredible!

 

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Buzz Saw

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Soccer brings out his passion and his finest game

Dedicating hours of practice kindles a bright flame

 

This teenage midfielder plays with his all

Bringing grit and determination as his call

Displaying intensity and hustle at all times

Upsetting the opponent’s ability to shine

 

He warrants a special nickname from a loyal fan

Watching how he disrupts the other team’s plans

His play reminds eager fans of a buzz saw in motion

Working at high speed with feet creating commotion

 

Cutting through the challenger’s attack lines

Relentlessly shadowing the action he finds

Providing a link between the defense and the attack

Passing accurately to his teammates, right on track

 

Saturating play explodes like lightning and thunder

Resembling a buzz saw, rendering others to wonder

A midfielder never finds any moments to take a rest

Running constantly, his physicality passes the test

 

Remaining humble about his dynamic play

Supporting his teammates each match day

He understands his intended mission on the field

Flashing buzz saw quickness becomes his shield

 

A 13-year old grandson plays soccer for a traveling team at a very competitive and demanding level.  This poem is dedicated to his unselfish, courageous, and inspiring play.

If you want to enjoy more sports-themed poems about my grandchildren from previously published posts, check out the links shown below.

To An Athlete

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There are little eyes upon you

And they’re watching night and day

There are little ears that quickly

Take in every word you say

There are little hands all eager

To do anything you do

And a little boy who’s dreaming

Of the day he’ll be like you

 

You’re the little fellow’s idol

You’re the wisest of the wise

In his little mind about you

No suspicions ever rise

He believes in you devoutly

Holds that all you say and do

He will say and do in your way

When he’s grown up like you

 

There’s a wide-eyed little fellow

Who believes you’re always right

And his ears are always open

And he watches day and night

You are setting an example

Every day in all you do

For the little boy who’s waiting

To grow up and be like you

Author Unknown

 

When I was coaching years ago at a high school in Montana, the football coach gave all of the coaches a framed copy of this poem.  I have carried it with me for all of these years, and it has special meaning to me as one who worked with young athletes for about 30 years.

This poem is easy to find on other Internet sites.  Some of the posts use a different title, but the words remain the same.  The author has remained unknown.  Many young athletes aspire to follow an older athlete . . .

Waiting to grow up and be like you!

 

 

Graceful Precision

 

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Music accompanies daring tumbling moves

Elegance and personality match the groove

 

Connecting a back layout with a back handspring

The floor exercise generates applause that rings

 

A most challenging event brings a fearless test

Strength, agility, and balance need to be best

 

Moving from the lower to the upper bar with such ease

The uneven bars finish with a dismount sure to please

 

A front handspring explodes from the springboard

Elongated body soars high to earn a worthy score

 

Twisting with a half or a full displays superb skill

The vault produces athleticism to deliver a thrill

 

Forward and backward walkovers with such poise

A 360 degrees pivot creates a hush with little noise

 

Connecting all the rhythmic moves with no doubts

The balance beam ends with a precise dismount

 

A spectacular gymnastics meet delivers the very bold

The crowd watches in amazement, nothing seems old

 

Competing for a high score and a gold medal, too

Such graceful precision will see this girl through

 

 

 

Season’s Final Match

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An early morning wind blows glacial-like air on this day

One final match these soccer boys have come to play

 

An adamant, northwest onslaught delivers an icy, Arctic blast

Will the team harness enough stamina and energy to last?

 

Players dressed warmly in layers, gloves, and stocking hats

In their final match, they look ready to conquer this and that

 

Looking more like Eskimos, parents and families huddle near

Hoping to see the resilient boys score goals without any fear

 

The spectators cheer the boys to play hard and to be bold

But they agonize and confirm—“Oh my, it’s way too cold!”

 

Sheltered beneath layers of blankets, the crowd surveys the field

The opposing team advances the ball, but the boys form a shield

 

No goals will be scored against them on this morn

The boys’ defense hustles and continues to swarm

 

Halftime arrives with the team playing tough

Will the season end well in weather so rough?

 

The second half continues under adverse conditions

The team finishes with a season filled with tradition

 

While the rest of the players hustle to stay warm

The talented goalie stands all alone as ice forms

 

A woman’s hot coffee has transformed into cold slush

She clasps tightly to a heavy blanket, deep and plush

 

The match marches to its finish with winter as its final foe

Frozen spectators ask, “How many minutes are left to go?”

 

Icy faces, shivering bodies, and numb fingers

Plus ice blocks for feet—all continue to linger

 

Spirited boys ignore the cold and continue to play

Their five goals will deliver the last and final say

 

At match’s end, players and families hurry to their warm cars

All wondering how they survived the cold and made it this far

 

For two grandparents who were amazingly fearless and bold

Tomorrow morning, will be glad there is no soccer in the cold

 

This season-ending soccer match was played in November, 2018, by one of my grandsons.  The wind chill temperature was 10 degrees Fahrenheit.  He and his teammates completed a remarkable season with an unblemished record.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perseverance

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Perseverance is her nickname

Tenacity ignites her flame

A young gymnast spends hours sharpening her skills

Improving a challenging routine stirs up a giant thrill

Her practices have been going well thus far

Showing tireless energy to conquer the bars

Recent meets have brought a challenge her way

Missing the giant on the uneven bars both days

Perseverance is her nickname

Tenacity ignites her flame

This Level 7 gymnast travels to her next meet

Hoping the Warrior Challenge will bring a feat

She will compete today in three events plus the bars

Believing in her athletic destiny as she arrives by car

The judges will be looking for routines to score the best

Expecting to assess poise and skills that pass the test

Perseverance is her nickname

Tenacity ignites her flame

This determined gymnast competes with renewed poise

Warming up, she seems oblivious to the crowd’s noise

Her bars warm-up finishes exceedingly well

Feeling her inner confidence grow and swell

It’s her turn to show the best she can be

Nailing the giant at last for judges to see

Perseverance is her nickname

Tenacity ignites her flame

 

I have several grandchildren, whom all make me very proud.  This poem honors my then 11-year old granddaughter who is a very accomplished gymnast.  She has moved up to Level 7 and enjoys competing at this higher level.