Basketball Dreams

I recently deleted this poem from a collection I’m working on because it didn’t quite fit, but I can’t leave it sitting in my computer. This one is for you,  Deb Gonzales.


Big boys, rough boys,
Tough boys, tall,
Spin, fly, jump high
For the ball.

Half court, hard court,
Concrete heat,
Grab, jab, dribble,
Light swift feet.

One girl, small girl
Leans, hopes, stares,
Holds fast dreams of
Ball, net, air:

Shouts HEY, I’ll play,
Let me in.
Boys freeze, watch girl
Jump, fly, spin.

© 2014 Stephanie Ledyard