Bocce Volo

Poesy plus Polemics

(Originally posted here April 2013)

"Bocce Player" Drawing by Thom LaCosta From bocce.baltimore.md.us “Bocce Player”
Drawing by Thom LaCosta
From bocce.baltimore.md.us

It’s all in the underhand fingered release

A matter of reflex and instinctive math

That perfect drawn arc of a kilogram ball

Will it play to a point or roll too wide and miss

Will it grab ground and bowl a line straight as a crease

Or kneel into english and bite a curved path

Will momentum concede to reverse backspin thrall

Will it stop at the instant it gives jack a kiss

Teaching metaphors hide in this legionnaire’s game

True mastery comes through the practice of forms

Finesse wields more power than naked brute force

Velocity will not assure you arrive

The unfoolish target wants careful laid aim

Respect acquiesces to disciplined norms

Advantage belongs with the tactical course

Competitive friendships can bring one alive

It’s a simple game humbly equipped for plain hands

Rich with…

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