Don’t let anybody mess with your swing

This is a poem about Boston baseball player Ted Williams. Also, a reminder to all of us to keep our eyes on the ball.

The Ted Williams Villanelle by Wendy Cope

“Don’t let anybody mess with your swing.”

Watch the ball and do your thing.
This is the moment. Here’s your chance.
Don’t let anybody mess with your swing.

Its time to shine. You’re in the ring.
Step forward, adopt a winning stance,
Watch the ball and do your thing.

And while the ball is taking wing,
Run without a backward glance.
Don’t let anybody mess with your swing.

Don’t let envious bastards bring
You down. Ignore the sneers, the can’ts.
watch the ball and do your thing.

Sing out, if you want to sing.
Jump up, when you long to dance.
Don’t let anybody mess with your swing.

Enjoy your talents. Have your fling.
The seasons change. The years advance.
Watch the ball and do your thing,
And don’t let anybody mess with your swing.