Tuesday October 8th, 2013

The exercise:

Write two haiku about: bowling.

I got a call a couple days ago asking if I was interested in joining an adult bowling league this winter. It was rather unexpected, since the last time I'd been at the alley was to ask about being a spare... about a year ago.

Apparently, though, there wasn't enough interest last year to run the league - which explains why I never got called to come out and bowl.

They're trying again this year and it all started tonight. There were enough people to form four teams, which I guess is good enough. So we bowled three games and got to know each other a bit, and the league will officially commence next Tuesday night.

As I was driving home afterward I realized that the last time I was part of a bowling league would have been the winter of 1998-99. I'm curious to see where my average ends up this go 'round.

Oh, and also: our penultimate box day has come and gone without a hitch. The end is in sight now!


Strike, gutterball, spare.
If consistency is the
game, then I'm losing.

*     *     *

Using old muscles
while giving them no warning;
tomorrow will hurt.


Greg said...

That's a little bit of a lay-off you've had been leagues then! Nearly fifteen years, I guess (feeling old yet? :-P). Still, bowling's both fun and social and maybe you can bring Max along to watch and get him interested from an early age!
I like your second haiku better today, if only because I've been there myself (albeit not with bowling). There is something satisfying about waking up with those aches though, as though there a badge well won.

We think he's cheating.
Someone check the rules; can he
really use cannon?

The icy alley
is like your life; the ball is
you. Oops. Gutter-ball.

Aholiab said...


Smooth ebony orb
Thundering toward iv’ry pins
Strike? Spare? Split? Gutter?

Borrowed shoes and ball
Pencil stub, no eraser
Beer, friends. Perfect night.

Marc said...

Greg - yes, I am feeling old. Thanks :P

A cannon? That's a brilliant idea. I shall have to bring one next week!

Aholiab - love the atmosphere of your second haiku, as well as the imagery in the first two lines of your first one.