A little more than three years ago I began writing poems about opposites in golf. I published two in October 2010 (https://golfpoet.com/2010/10/04/golf-opposites/) and two more in September 2012 (https://golfpoet.com/2012/09/25/two-golf-poems-about-opposites/). Here is a more recent effort. In total I have now written 17 poems on this theme. If I can get to 30 may I’ll put them together in another eBook.
THE OPPOSITE OF LYING
Lying and golfing go together
Both on fairways and in the heather
A ball that’s OB from the tee
Needs a second drive and you’re lying three.
If in a match and without luck
Your ball might be lying in the muck
But when your opponent’s not nearby
The temptation exists to improve your lie.
A ball in a divot, a ground depression
Might also temp a rules transgression
But a little voice inside you cries
The rule says play it as it lies.
Not only balls but clubs lie too
And sometimes golfers, but of course not you
Then to find an opposite without wallowing
Bear with me and consider the following:
A ball that’s caught up in a tree
Would not be lying two or three
And barring a gust that made it fall
A treed ball wouldn’t be lying at all.
So lying’s opposite, though one among many
Is treed – which seems as good as any.
Leon S White, PhD