Raw: Tennis for the Blind

I played the game,
took my side of the net
and played
the best I could
the best I knew
lobbed ball after ball
good shots, all…
good volleys,
you could hear my laughter,
I could hear your smile…
even when the ball
did not return.

And still I played
and played…

I served at last
the last ball that I had
and waited…
listened blindly
to the darkness…
felt unseeing
when the sun went down
and knew the time had come.

I lay my racket down
and go.

May 2011

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