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First Line: Men tangled life within a narrow green
Last Line: Men weave a rhythmic, swift finality.
Subject(s): Competition; Tennis


Men tangled life within a narrow green
Rectangle, pared its tumult to the clash
Of white, swift balls that players drive or smash,
Wary of lines and perilous net between.
The challenge streaks across the web of cord;
The bronze arm swings its resonant Yes or No,
Shifting in zig-zag drama, blow by blow,
The score that paints the battle on the board.

The builder swings his tower to touch a cloud
And wonders is it well with cloud and tower;
The soldier doubts his war, the priest the loud
Drone of his creed; here for a little hour,
Of grass and net and bronze arm swinging free
Men weave a rhythmic, swift finality.





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