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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)

TITLE: Bowling
By Donna Carrico


Before you start there are many things to adjust
Like elbow straps, shoes, and a wrist-wrap are a must

Now, wipe the lane oil off your ball
As you practice your skill to show to all

What arrow does your right foot cover
So the other lane arrow the ball will hover?

Five steps is all you should really take
To leave less pins there for the bar to rake

Left foot first takes the lead
Only four more is all you need

Unless you are a "lefty", then all is reversed
Whatever the case the approach must be rehearsed

Now up and hidden is the rack
By the third step your arm is back

Then arm forward you begin to raise
If your thumb is up, you will get lots of praise

Don't forget always bend your knees
Pray in that position they won't freeze

Remember, shoulders level so you won't lean
Laying down the ball, the release ever so clean

Keep your eye on your own personal spot
Or your eye on the ball may make you "hot"

Keep your head up, but not too high
And down the alley your ball will fly

There it goes down the lane like a rocket
You yell and shout, "Get in the pocket!"

Oh, that was only the first ball
It may take two to get them all

"Oh, yes!" "That's it!" You yell and hoot
Jump and down with care, or you might toot!

A strike when you get all ten pins makes a big sound
And gets the attention of the other bowlers all around

You'll get a high five or hand smack from team members
And of course, there are usually lots of givers and senders

"Oh, no, what in that mess is there left to hit?"
"Nuts!" "I have to get a spare, a two / ten split!"

Slow down and adjust where you start to stand
In order to control where you want your ball to land

Be careful don't give it too much curve
Or you'll get much less than you deserve

Don't get to cocky or the ball will go in the gutter
And out of your mouth some curse words you may utter

Congrats' are still in order when getting spares
It normally takes more skill to pick up some pairs

Sometimes the pins or a ball will get stuck
And all you can say is, "Why me with such luck!"

All you need is a set of ten frames
To make up your score in all your games

An extra ball, tenth frame is yours if you're lucky
Or, if you make three strikes in a row, it's a turkey

Bowling takes lots of concentration
It's one of the best games in the nation

Men's, Women's, Children's, and Mixed leagues, too
Whatever sex or age, bowling is so very good for you

All this activity may culminate at the banquet each year
When you get your trophy and have a great big team cheer

Hope you've remembered the most important thing
Having fun and exercise each week can make your heart sing!

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Sunny Loomis 08/02/08
I enjoyed this. It's been many years since I've bowled. If I'd had this guide, maybe I would have done better. Very nicely done. Thanks.