Competition

Stop and stare.

She is aware

Of eyes upon her.

Oh, God,

She's

Not

Ready

For the crush.

She feels the rush

How her

Heart pounds

Like

A

Drum.

All around

A hollow sound

Echoes and

The cold

Closes

Around

Her.

Beat is steady.

Is your band ready?

Drum major

Salutes and -

Band

'Ten

Hut!

Park – the cry

Is magnified

A hundredfold

By the

Metal

Stadium

Seating -

A silver shield.

Take the field!

Mark

Time

Mark.