The score is tied, my knees are weak,
and time is running out.
The referee needs glasses,
and our winning streak’s in doubt.
I’ve bitten off my fingernails.
My stomach is in knots.
I think I am about to faint.
and now I’m seeing spots.
My heart is racing swiftly.
My legs are getting tight.
My palms are moist and clammy.
My knuckles just turned white.
I’m sweating so profusely,
I’m giving off a stench.
And I’m not even in the game –
I’m sitting on the bench.
Copyright © 2008 Paul Orshoski. From I Hope I Don’t Strike Out: And Other Funny Sports Poems. Meadowbrook Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Paul Orshoski is a former educator from Sandusky, Ohio. He writes witty, rhyming children’s poems and books.
Several of Paul’s poems have appeared in poetry anthologies published by both Meadowbrook Press of Minnetonka, Minnesota and Scholastic, Inc. of New York, New York. These include: My Teacher’s in Detention, Dinner with Dracula, I’ve Been Burping in the Classroom, I Hope I Don’t Strike Out, and What I Did on my Summer Vacation. Paul’s poems have also appeared in the following magazines: Boys’ Quest, Fun For Kidz, Hopscotch For Girls, and Scholastic Action. Paul enjoys making kids giggle during school author visits by enthusiastically performing his poems and books in small or large group settings wherever he is asked to present.
Visit his website at: www.paulorshoski.com