Goal Tender

Because I Said So because i said so

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by Angela Dale

“Keep, keep,”

he cries

calling off his defenders

as bison boys from the opposing team

outweighing him by fifty pounds

close in

I brace jaw-clenched

for him to get trampled

lanky as the day he was born

now clearing me by half a foot

he dives into the stampede of

cleat-shod adolescent bulls

careless of impact borne or inflicted

he envelops the ball in a fetal tuck

springs up

hurls it back into play

the herd wheeling to give chase

in a year he’ll be gone

into the wilds of college

like we always planned

and I won’t even have this

from the chilly bleachers

keep, keep

I cry

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Because I Said So

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