Saturday, September 03, 2011

game day

September 2, 2011- Small Stones. 
game day by Teri H Hoover


Some thoughts on game day in my home town of Blacksburg Va- The home of Virginia Tech and the beloved Hokie Football team. I was never much into football. But I have always had a great respect for the Hokie community- which became even stronger after the terrible day of April 16, 2007 - we lost 32 people in a matter of moments... a 5 minute walk from my home.  I look on in awe as this community continues to find ways to to go beyond. These verses are simply a collection of impressions that I found on the first game day of 2011.
   

Hoots
hollers
Four more hours
until kick off
time 
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flocks 
of fans
marrooned and oranged
Virginia Tech fans
Hokies

 

 cars
draining
 into town
flags fluttering
hopeful and focused
seeking  premium
parking
now





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the 
crowed roars
hot under
the September
sun
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We shut  them down
We shut them out
the fans weary from their efforts 
empty the stadium early
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Clouds 

huddling in the
humidity
rain
drops






Rain turns fans into unlikely athletes.





Dampness
Dispersing 
Draining and raining 
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