(News Item: Latest tests indicate females
are superior to males in verbal skills.)

He makes a mild volley,
teasingly, with a wry smile,
condescending to her female fragility,
 
but she strokes a rather sharp return,
 
whereupon he responds a little harder,
frowning at the unexpected audacity
of her smart reply.
 
She sneaks a shot into a dark corner,
dangerously close to the foul line,
a shot that makes him flounder,
forcing a clumsy response;
 
whereupon she seizes the chance
to make a vicious slam
that hits him below the belt.
 
He  puffs loudly, turns purple,
and staggers off the court
to seek a different racket.

2002

humorous free

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