Flip flip slide slide grind grind pop pop concentration.
hours and hours sweat pours bruised ankles bruised kneecaps scraped shinbones scraped elbows scabs and scars.
shirts and jeans torn, worn; shoes a tattered mess-- laces shredded to bits tied desperately clinging on to lapping tongues.
hair matted to skull sweating within damp skullcaps, whether be it helmets (by choice or restriction), or fitted baseball hats turned backwards, or cuffed beanies in the dead of winter. (father says the latter choices work well to soak all the blood up, I always roll my eyes in naivete.)
The paved driveway, where on my eighth birthday a shining basketball goal sat at its full height towering in the mountain sky--
stood forlorn in place as wide eyes glued to the pavement--
where shoes stood atop the gritty surface of a wooden board with wheels attached to gleaming metal axles rolled smoothly excitedly across the pavement in perpetuity.