Slice of Life 20: Changing Seasons

(During March, I am blogging daily as a part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge!)  Special thanks to the hosts of the Slice of Life Challenge:  StaceyTaraDanaBetsyAnna and Beth.   More Slice of Life posts can be found at  Two Writing Teachers .

              Changing Seasons

A pumpkin

Five pumpkin pushers

A net

A court

A tournament bracket

Forty minutes on the clock.

And it’s one of the “First Four”

Where the team

Has to play its way into the NCAA Tournament.

A senior

Leading scorer

Held to two points

In the first half.

Second leading scorer

In the history of the university.

Second only to his father

Must come alive

During the second half.

Down, down,

Down the floor


Down, down,

Down the floor



Missed opportunities.


Who will win?





Dry spell

No baskets

Many fouls

Dashing hopes

Winner advances to Raleigh.

                                                                  New Day Today

But wait,

Grapplers in the wings

NCAA today in Oklahoma

Winners all ten

Ready and primed

Time to shine!

A new day!



Might have beens and could have beens erased,

Begin Anew!

163 days til the gridiron opens . . . .

The sports cycle continues!

Do changing sports seasons impact your lives? Or are you more interested in SPRING?

9 responses

  1. This is insanely cool! I first wondered what you were doing starting about pumpkins but then march madness is the thread thing it together? Genius. Great slice! Glad I stopped by!

    1. Thanks so much!

      I did not want my title to be “March Madness” and I am not really a basketball fan, as collegiate football and wrestling are MAJOR passions of mine. Non-round-ballers are not kind about “pumpkins!”

  2. Woah…this was wonderful to read, Fran – and I don’t care for basketball!

    1. Thanks, Tara.

      I am bothered by the “line spacing” on Word Press but I was drafting much of it while watching the game so I really liked it “still” this morning!

      I am not a huge basketball fan either! But I respect hard work and perseverance!

  3. When my boys were at home, our lives revolved around football season. After that came basketball season, which started the Monday after football ended. And then track! I really miss those days! And I love your poem.

    1. Thanks, Carol!

      I remember those high school days! Remembering in advance to check for the right shoes for the sport (always growing) and no sports store locally!

      I am having lots of fun trying out more poetry this month!

  4. think I get swept up in the drama of it. The highs and lows are a huge part that you capture in your poem. It’s kinda soap opera-ish when we are observers. When it is our own, it just breaks your heart because it breaks theirs.

    1. Thanks, Julieanne!
      It is kinda “soap opera-ish when we are observers!” The drama does build during the event!
      It is such a big part of their lives that it is so crushing!

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