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Rated: E · Poetry · Sports · #2200103
Reminiscing about football playing times.
Long ago I played football despite looming harm,
and like Johnny Unitas I had a good arm.
The midwest is a land that’s as proud as can be;
Indiana my neighbor—Ohio is me.

I was sixteen and green was the shirt that I wore;
all the practice for football indeed made me sore.
Muscle pulls and leg-cramping were close to insane;
I would reach for potassium, easing the pain.

Thin and lean my physique though I could have used mass;
I was very proficient in throwing a pass.
Number sixteen I sported in quarterback play;
a prime number was what someone called me one day.

I was medium bronze in the late summer weeks
and was more than accepting of coaching critiques.
If the truth be so bold I was painfully thin;
yet with speed on the field I would edge out a win.

(President Rutherford B. Hayes won by a shave;
  fraudulent was the stigma he took to his grave.
  So appalling the depths negatives will resort;
  as in politics, sometimes it infiltrates sport.)

Looking back on those days I was lanky and quick;
although I am now Richard, back then I was Rick.
I would love to toss spirals to halfbacks and ends;
I give thanks for the past and the joy that it lends.

24 Lines
(Anapestic Tetrameter)
Special Birthday Prompt for Sophy

All Bold Items have number 19 in common:

—Johnny Unitas…#19
—Indiana…19th state admitted to the union
—potassium…atomic number 19
—a prime number…19 is a prime number (divisible only by itself and 1)
—bronze…19th year anniversary gift
—President Rutherford B. Hayes…19th President

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