The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #747
(Week of 28 November, 2010)

I usually write the POTW on Sunday, and around this time of year, it's not uncommon for there to be football playing on a television somewhere nearby. Which causes there to be poems like this one, in which we explore the idea that some of the rules of American* football may be applicable to one's personal life as well.

The Neutral Zone

If a neutral zone infraction
Draws a false start in reaction
Then the referee will penalize
The defense having gone offside
Your pre-snap situation
Is kept fair by regulation
Any snarky provocation
Is a five-yard violation
By relationship convention
Don't prematurely leap to contention
Keep the scrimmage line in sight
Whether or not you're in the right

(*Next week perhaps we can cover the game the REST of the world calls football, specifically the concept of the "penalty kick"....)
Copyright © 2010 by Dave Grossman

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