Basketball

Dribble, bounce, pass.
Shoot, swish, ah!
Friendly pats on the back,
Tick, tock, shrill!
I'm breathing hard, in and out.
I'm cold, I'm hot, I'm sweating.

Dribble, bounce, pass.
Shoot, swish, ah!
I don't need to think,
I just need to play.
Smile, laugh, point.
This is home, here or away.

Dribble, bounce, pass.
Shoot, swish, ah!
This is all I've known.
Squeek, scream, run.
Breathe in, breathe out.
This is what I want.

Dribble, bounce, pass.
Shoot, swish, ah!
Look at that play!
Good job.
Slap, shrill, buzz.
Free throws.

All eyes on me,
My points to take or leave.
Bounce, roll, shoot.
No rebound is necessary.
An extension of myself,
Swish, bounce, half time.

We're tired, we're sitting, we're hyped.
Victory will be ours!
Gulp, huff, talk.
Keep up the good work.
Pep talk has come and gone,
Back on to the court.

Dribble, bounce, pass.
Shoot, swish, ah!
I may not play it all,
But I may not need to.
We're not just a team; we're a family.
I may not play at all.

Game over, thanks for trying.
You're not needed; not wanted.
Years of devotion and money from my pocket,
Gone.
My dreams put on hold.
But hey, you only live once.

I'm glad I played,
That I cherished the times,
I'd do it all again.
Walking back on the court,
Flashbacks assaulting my mind,
It was nice while it lasted.

The door was slammed in my face,
But I didn't pound or wait.
I walked away.
And then a window opened,
And I'm given another chance to
Dribble, bounce, and play.

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