“Handball Queen” by Chris Owen

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Handball Queen

 

Amber Green. Handball Queen.

Quickest hands you’ve ever seen.

Recess time you’ll find her there,

prowling round the handball square.

Who will play her? Who will dare?

 

Daniel Drover. Year 4. Brave.

Odds unlikely. Chances grave.

Green strikes forehand, like a cobra.

 

Dipping shot bamboozles Drover.

Ricochet. Green wins. Game over.

 

Amber Green. Handball Queen.

Undefeated. Best there’s been.

Recess time she’s waiting there,

ruler of the handball square.

Who can beat her? Who will dare?

Matthew Lockett. Year 6. Bruiser.

 

Playground bully. Put-down user.​​​

Green serves fast. A forehand rocket.

Lunging left he dives to block it.

Nose hits concrete.  Goodbye Lockett.

 

Amber Green. Handball Queen.

 

Reigning champion. Win machine.​​​​

Recess time she’s over there,

master of the handball square.

Who will face her? Who will dare?

 

Daisy Nguyen. Year 5. Plucky.

Daring. Fearless. Feeling lucky.

Green serves high and leaps to dunk it.

Nguyen pounces. Back hand. Sunk it.

Ball still bouncing. Green could flunk it.

Arm outstretched. A top-spin pass. Was it in?

There’s the siren. Back to class…

Daisy Nguyen. Lean and mean.

Undisputed Handball Queen.

After lunch you’ll find her there,

 

prowling round the handball square. ​​

Who will verse her? Who will dare?

Chris Owen 2018

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