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Ball Games

Why all this fuss

about a small yellow ball

flying back and forth

in the chalk-lined perimeters

of Wimbledon center court

ninety thousand eyes

fixed on its frantic dash?


Why all this celebration

about a black and white ball

eleven red shirted man

eleven blue shirted men

chasing its bouncing trajectories

across the grass of a Euro pitch

millions watching and cheering?


Why all this shoulder shrugging

disinterest, turning to other matters

about the fate of a tiny blue ball

whirling in space at the edge

of an unsportsmanlike galaxy

billions of game-addicted viewers

switching channels to seek something

more worth taking bets about?

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