(By Vern Crawford, September, 2013)


This callosal contest

Of strength and skill

(Or maybe simply single-mindedness)

Appears, from a higher perch, to be a tug-of-war.


The Left Team pulls against the Right

(Or is it the New against the Old?),

A Nerdy Team connected by a fibrous cord

To the other bunch, a Rowdy Team.


Back and forth the contestants go,

One side’s heels digging into turf,

The other’s voices bellowing need or greed,

Yet neither one willing to concede.


Oh, I know, sometimes they do time-out:

One team may get distracted–

Lusting after cheerleaders–

While the other strategizes heedless in a huddle.


Even though they claim to be separate teams,

Left and Right, New or Old,

Both sides do appear–from a higher perch–

As home teams of just this one Arena.

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