National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 20

My day 20 poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from—to write a poem that ‘incorporates the vocabulary and imagery of a specific sport or game.’

‘You changed 6 hours ago’

said the line below the name of the file…

Sometimes it feels as though I change
every time I tag in
but usually
it seems I spend the entire game on the bench
or in the penalty box
while the score goes unchanged

When I do get out
I slip on the ice
unable to control where my skates take me
it’s a wonder
I haven’t had my face caved in
or teeth knocked out

I manage to get by
without taking anyone else out
yet here I am
back in the box, or benched for the remainder
and unsure if I’ll make it through
to the next season

So what happened to me
six hours ago
is the least of my concerns

(19 April 2017—posted April 20th ET)

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