Watching the Ripples Radiate.
Author: marshalg

Chapter 86

Dedicated to Mike Evans & Wendell Griffin…for their great approach to the King of sports, Golf.

Loosen up, feeling good,

Back swing nice and smooth

Power stroke an easy glide

A solid thwack to move

That golf ball into orbit,

Disappearing into air,

Diminishing like angel dust

On a trajectory so fair.


Looking good, nice and straight

In parabolic curve

At apex point it hesitates,

No breezes cause a swerve 

Plummeting to emerald grass

The ball bounces on the green

To travel in a perfect arc,

The best I’ve ever seen,

It teeters at the cup lip

To roll around the rim

And by the grace of God,

That golf ball vanishes within!


The day at once looks perfect

The morning light pristine,

The singing birds in trees

Throw brilliant shadows to the green.

I peer into the cup

To see my sweetest dimpled ball,

That darling Dunlop eight

Henceforth shall grace my trophy wall.

My name will feature on the cup

Atop the clubhouse shelf

And the bar room shout for all the boys

Should put a large dent in my wealth.


But the wonder, the wonder,

The spangled wonder of it all

Will have me grinning foolishly

Whenever I recall,

That magnificent stroke

Towards that iridescent green

When I scored a hole in one

And drank a toast to Golf and Queen.


@ the Bach

Mangere Bridge

12th  January 2009


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