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by Teresa
Rated: E · Poetry · Other · #2149021
This was a poem I wrote before I went into the Navy.
I CAN DO THIS
As I stand in this room
Red carpet, wooden walls
And the only furniture being
A podium and flags
I think back to a poster
"Do you have what it takes to fill this uniform?"

I jump, Will she move
SMACK
I did it
But of all four volleyball squads
Squad C-Blue Team
Won all OUR games
I CAN DO THIS

TAP TAP TAP
I hear the rhythm my shoes make
Against the gravel track-and nothing else
I look around - No one in sight
I run-
Past my friends shouting their encouragement
Past my foes shouting their disappointment
Through the finish line first
"Do you have what it takes to fill this uniform?"

It's quiet, I'm at the plate, bat in hand
Helmet on my head, my hat under that
The pitcher throws
With a PING from my bat
It flew straight into her head
She screamed and ducked
I know we won but
I don't remember beyond that point
I CAN DO THIS

It was high in the air
Above my head
Go to the ball not
Letting the ball come to you
I took off after it
And gave it all my force
It hit POP square onto
My racket
"Do you have what it takes to fill this uniform?"

Back to that room
I stand shoulders back
Head up, chin parallel to the floor
Elbows in, feet shouders width apart
Hands in the small of my back
My right loosely holding my left
I WILL DO THIS
I CAN DO THIS

"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the order of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the uniform code of military justice, SO HELP ME GOD."
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