Poem in Four Voices

May 20, 2008
As viewed by a gymnast getting ready to compete
This has to be perfect; I cannot mess up!
Absolutely no picking—everyone has a butt!
Okay, I think I’ve got this.
I wish I could see one of those judges do what I am about to do.
Clean flips! I think I’m ready. I’m going to give it my all.

As viewed by a judge
Pick, that’s 1/10th; bent knees, 3/10th’s; bra strap, 5/10th’s.
These rules are very simple to abide by.
Words in music, 1 point.
Why can’t these girls just follow the rules?
Score 6.2.
She could have done better.

As viewed by a young child in gymnastics
Mommy!! Mommy!! Watch me!! Watch me!!
I can do a cartwheel.
Look! My coach gave me a star.
Watch!! Watch!! Weeeee!!
Look at my handstand. I got another star!

As viewed by a boy watching a girl performer
Dang, look at the girl! She is hot!
She’s got all the moves.
I wish I could get with…..oo! Right in the goodies.
Ouch! That’s got to hurt.
How does she flip and stay on that four inch thing?
I don’t know, but I wouldn’t mind her making moves on me.

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