By: Alexis Jensen
I went to practice like my coach required,
I like to bat and pitch a fastball.
I do it each day, even when I’m tired,
That’s why I never miss at all.
So I quickly made my way up to the field,
And I got ready to show off my skill.
The catcher held up her glove like a shield,
And then I pitched her the ball with a thrill.
That pitch was so fast,
We didn’t want to stop.
We were having a blast,
Until we felt a raindrop.
I decided to pitch one last ball,
When suddenly my arm tightened up.
It did not feel good at all,
And I couldn’t even pick the ball up.
I was rushed to the doctor,
They said I couldn’t play.
The look on my face shocked her,
I guess I took it too far that day.
She said it was overuse,
That I needed to rest.
So I had a glass of juice,
And then I hoped for the best.
She explained sport specialization,
Because I only play one sport.
I guess it's common in the nation,
And I should try out a volleyball court.
I suppose by body has taken a beating,
And I’m one of many victims.
I haven't really been eating,
The doctor said it’s one of the symptoms.
So I sit around as I’m required,
As everyone else practices away.
I guess I never really feel tired,
I just really want to play.
It was fun to play in the hot summer sun,
Or even in the cool season of fall.
On every pitch, I scored a homerun,
But now I can do nothing at all.
If I can teach a lesson to you,
Make sure you listen closely.
Try every sport you may wish to pursue,
To avoid terrible injury…mostly.
I would do every single sport,
If I were to go back and do it over.
I’d be the quickest on the basketball court,
And I’d never turn the volleyball over.
I could be the very best gymnast,
And still play softball, of course.
If my arm would accept my forgiveness,
I could even try riding a horse.
I would leap hurdles on the track,
Maybe I’d even try dance.
I’d run cross country and never look back,
If only I had another chance.
Ms.Backstrom's class has been working on creative writing pieces based around 'big question' research. Take a look at what they've come up with!