Our class just finished reading Call it Courage. I was intrigued by the beautiful language and complex sentence structure of the book. The author, Armstrong Sperry, often uses opposite phrases.
“There were six black canoes, paddles flashing, now gaining, now losing.”
“Moonlight shone on half a hundred wet paddles as they dipped and rose to the rhythm of the chant.”
He also uses repetition. ex: “homeward, homeward…” “Closer, closer the canoes advanced.”
And sometimes both techniques together: “Only the sea and the sky, the sea and the sky.”
Then I was reminded of the rhythmic language of Hoops by Walter Dean Myers.
I decided to pick some event in my day that had a dualistic or repetitive aspect. I just went back to playing soccer last night. I play on an indoor team with a great group of women. We have good seasons, so so seasons and awful seasons. This is an awful season. Last night we lost, again.
The Dance on the Field
The back and forth rhythm
of the ball,
b O u N c I n G
F L Y I N G
through the air- two players attack it,
Looking to posses it,
to own it.
The crash of knees, shinguards, cleats,
Possession by the home team
a chance to score
Feet skittering in a cat-like
quick movements ready to pounce,
Eyes watching, mouths shouting, hands clapping
A glance, a pass….
A run down field to…
a sea of opposing players
Players retreating towards the goal
hunkering down to defend
rolling, touching cleats
Player and ball dancing down field
towards the goal
defenders standing their ground
focusing not on the feet
focusing only on the ball
the forward winding up and
Players in motion
Blurs of light and sound
Moving to the rhythm of the game.