I brought Allan Wolf’s book Immersed in Verse to league night with me so that I could figure out something to write while bowling. It’s not surprising that I ended up writing about bowling. These probably won’t have wide appeal, but my teammates like them and they are short.
The Purple Bowling Ball (inspired by William Carlos Williams)
so much depends
the grape scented bowling
glistening with lane
crushing the white
The second poem is a He Said She Said poem. Allan Wolf and Sara Holbrook wrote a whole book of these titled More Than Friends: Poems from Him and Her (which my students loved).
Bowling is competition –
Striving to crush your opponent
With strikes and trash talk,
Knowing the men will get the points.
That’s all she needs to say because she
Knows that bowling men
Is a mind game.
Stay quiet, get marks and they’ll self-destruct.
The ladies will win almost every time.