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  • Gary Hunter

Pity Me - March 22, 2022

in the pickleball parking lot

seething in my car

poor shot selection

terrible execution

stupidly easy misses

I look up and watch

an old lady push her walker

then drag the trailing leg

forward to greet the other one

led by two small dogs

that match her speed

when she pauses and smiles

my self-loathing stops

and wonders aloud

Who is happier in the park

on this beautiful morning

with her companions

doesn’t keep score

curse or throw paddles

yet still winks at those that do?


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