On Tenterhooks

Fourteen runs needed and one wicket standing;
Three break-points and a Wimbledon win;
A five-metre scrum for a push-over try;
The cross-bar’s lifted just a bit too high.
Pensive, defensive, expecting a rout;
Heart rate racing and the sweat breaks out;
Walking the tight-rope, stretched to the limit;
Exhilarated ecstasy of the breath-taking minute.
Victory and defeat, pride and despair;
Overcome with exhaustion, just sat on a chair;
Identified in partnership 
With winners, and those who’ve lost their grip.
August 2013