The Line Call

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The ball leaves the racquet like a bullet from a gun

The receiver assesses that the ball is going wide

He stands his ground; there’s no reason to run

He couldn’t if he tried.


Was it a gust of wind, or intervention from The Lord?

because the ball now appears to be going in

His previous decision not to run is looking flawed

He’ll have to take it on the chin.


He ponders whether to swallow his pride

and just go for it, to start to advance

He might get it, but something inside tells him

he hasn’t got a chance.


As time almost stands still he watches the ball

as it clips the line…not by much but just enough

which puts the score on a hard to accept fifteen-all

instead of a satisfying thirty-love.


But as he intently studies where the ball has been

the line appears to curve inwards, giving him no doubt

that between the ball and the line he saw some green

so he confidently calls it “OUT!”


The opposition are amazed…how could he make such a call?

but he puts it down to just good luck

No appeal will make him change his mind at all

Basically…he couldn’t give a fuck.

◄ The Thai Boys

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J R Harris

Wed 11th Jul 2018 14:05

I guess this tennis business is far more important for you than England potentially winning the world cup!

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Brian Maryon

Wed 11th Jul 2018 06:59

Thanks Anya, Don, Jon and Frances.

That's game, set and match!

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Wed 11th Jul 2018 05:32

I like it! As a tennis fan - this appeals greatly. Sorry I missed it in February. Thanks for re-posting, Brian.

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Don Matthews

Wed 11th Jul 2018 05:19

Long poem, short shorts...


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Brian Maryon

Tue 10th Jul 2018 07:30

Don - that's the long and short of it...

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Don Matthews

Tue 10th Jul 2018 01:23

I notice you were more lengthy in your poetical endeavours then....


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Brian Maryon

Mon 9th Jul 2018 21:23

I posted this on my second day as a WOL member, but that was in February and did not get any interest. Perhaps it might fare better during Wimbledon fortnight.

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