Greetings and welcome to Poets on Display during National Poetry Month/Blogging From A to Z April Challenge. I’m doing a poetry theme, so each day this month I feature poets from the book Sunrise Summits: A Poetry Anthology, which was recently selected as a finalist for the 2017 Colorado Book Awards in the anthology category (information about the awards can be found by Clicking Here).
It’s an honor for me to continue to share the work of those who contributed to Northern Colorado Writers first poetry anthology and to have this work selected as an award finalist. The poets included are a shining example of the talent found in Northern Colorado Writers, LLC.
The poem posted below is not from the anthology. This way you get a wider read of each poet’s work. It’s been a challenge to get the poems to fit the letter theme, but I think I’ve worked it out. I hope you enjoy what you read here.
Today’s Poem: A Simple Game by Summer Robidoux
A Simple Game
Yelling near and yelling far,
Urgent and persistent,
Others cheer with glee,
A moan, a shout, or a scream!
The players weave, pass and shoot.
Tired athletes running play after play,
Stepping up on defense,
Fans respond with a grimace, a critique, or praise.
Number 9, hit by a ball, her nose throbbing,
Yet she doesn’t quit, always standing strong,
Fellow warriors by her side,
The game is more than endurance and pain,
It’s teamwork, camaraderie, and pride.
Learning lessons for their future,
Sports, it turns out, is evermore.
Friendship, perseverance, and tenacity,
Is what they’ll take away,
Applying the lessons to adulthood one day.
Pursuing the victory,
Striving until the end,
Focusing on nothing but the win,
Whether it’s the last second of the half,
Bottom of the ninth,
Or beating out the buzzer,
Is what you’ll find when playing a simple game.
Summer Robidoux graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a BS in psychology/biology and received her DC from Cleveland Chiropractic College. She lives in northern Colorado with her husband and three young daughters. She likes to hike, ski, play volleyball, and write. Her novels include The Pull and Finding Love Between the Lines. You can find more about her at www.SummerRobidoux.com.
Note: On May 1, 2017 I’ll be drawing one winner to receive a copy of Sunrise Summits: A Poetry Anthology. Each day you visit and leave a comment, you’ll earn one entry for the drawing. (Only one entry per day can be earned, regardless of number of visits/comments) That’s a potential of 30 entries for the drawing! Winner to be announced on this blog on May 1, 2017.
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