Zone

 

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Zone

There is this special place
That a goalie can call his own
It is in a vacuum of concentration
Known only as…”the zone”.

It’s a place of reflex, and of clarity
Where any mistake is an extreme rarity
Where you are certain that you’ll be tough to beat
Where your blades feel sharp under your feet
Where all of the dekes are easily read

Where your every reaction is two steps ahead
Where you find every shot through any screen
Where you sense it coming when it’s sight unseen
It’s where every opening becomes a closed door

Where a save, and a rebound, lead to one more
Where, if they are lucky, they may hit the post
Where it’s a party for none, and you are the host
They are in your house, and you are a wall

And the little black disc looks like a huge ball
You find yourself there, and you don’t ask why
It’s the place where slap shots will go to die

It is that perfect place
Where a shutout is never blown
The land of thwarted opportunity
Known simply as…”the zone”.

The place where the elusive backhand is easy to follow
Where victory draws nearer with every swallow
Where they purposely bump you and you don’t care
Where the blank scoresheet matches your blank stare
A place where your confidence is at its peak

With a solid foundation, and nary a leak
Where you manage to anticipate their every maneuver
Where you are the Hoover Dam, and a damn Hoover
It’s where you’re never the goat and only a hero

Where there are zero bad goals because the goal is zero
It’s sixty or more minutes at the top of your game
Where starter and stopper are one and the same
If you are there only once in your entire career

You’ll remember that feeling and will hold it near
You’ll remember sitting in the room, filled with pride
With you and perfection, sitting side by side

 It is a uniquely sacred place

Where the tender crouches alone
Accompanied by only his focus
The unholiest of places…”the zone”.

 

 

 

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Whirlwind

 

 Whirlwind

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Caught in a whirlwind.
Engulfed by life.

So many questions
I cannot address
So many people
I cannot impress
Wanting the most
but giving less
A pathetic pawn
in a game of chess


 
Consumed by realities
in this daily race
Spinning around me
while I stand in place
My mind on a swivel
at a frantic pace
Spending valuable time
to just save face

 

 

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Skewed by the hurry.
Consumed by
 change.

A shot of humility
straight to the brain
A shot of adrenalin

vain to vein
The speed of truth
the bite of pain
As much to prove
as there is to gain


Refocus to realities

just a minor dip
Broaden these shoulders
and remove the chip
On life’s vast radar
just a minor blip
I will assume the helm
and right this ship

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