Blank Verse Among the Prose: Compose a poem using unintentional lines of iambic pentameter found in your newspaper.




You can’t simulate the actual game

I was completely obsessed as a kid


The Huskies proved they could do it again

A top four-seed was the presumed next step


Graceful in flight, but clumsy on the ground

They watched the ball rattle in for the lead


He’s strong enough; he’s not overswinging

It’s hard enough to score runs in this game


The trio took first place in the contest

Jiu jitsu has a lot of strategy


The golfers went off both tees in threesomes

A format they’ll use again Sunday


She said it’s not like any other sport

When she is shooting the ball well, you can’t


You can’t simulate the actual game

I was completely obsessed as a kid


Sourced from The Contra Costa Times, Bay Area News Group, April 6, 2014

About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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  1. tlhopkinson says:

    Lovely piece. I found nothing of value in my sports section… sigh.

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