THe GNO Ladies (spoken word entry on the crazy badminton ladies)

GNO Ladies

I want to start by sayin’ that I been prayin’ that we’ll still be playin’

this game for years to come.  It’s fun.

It’s the game we adore.  We want more.  What’s the score?  There’s the door.

We are the GNO ladies.

There’s the flash of the smash;

The flurry of drive to stay alive;

That beautiful clear that lands so near the back line.  No fear.

We respond to clear with clear after clear.

Then throw in a drop.  Gotta stop.  My arm is killing me.

The thrilling net play I gotta say is not my forte.

But give me a chance and I’ll make you dance out of the way

Of my smash.  No Chance of return.

Unless you are a GNO lady.

We have our inflictions, conditions, restrictions.

We play with braces and broken laces and pain in places we knew not existed.

We have sore muscles, tore muscles, more muscles.

We fight for the right to delight our companions

With a great shot.

We are the GNO ladies.

The thrill of the game aint the same without pain.

The price of getting that shot is a lot greater than it used to be.

You’ll get used to me.

Maybe not.  But come along

For the ride.  Take it all in stride.

Rejoice in the choice of being a GNO lady.

Someone is diving, arriving at the bird just in time.

Another is stumbling towards a bird just tumbling over the net.

I heard some cursing from someone nursing an old elbow injury

On the court, I report, there’s no retort

For knowing each other’s weaknesses.  What a week this is.

For all of us GNO ladies.

There will come a day when the game we play

Will no longer be worth the price we pay

On Wednesday mornings.

Until then we will meet, denying defeat,

Accepting the treat

Of another day on the courts.

With the other GNO ladies.



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