Benson Baxter Brought His Bowling Ball

With a basketball, a bowling ball,
and baseball bat he came.
He had golf clubs, cleats and catcher’s mitts
to help him in the game.

He had Rollerblades and elbow pads
with climbing ropes and straps,
plus athletic shorts and running shoes 
to race a couple laps.

He was schlepping all his scuba gear,
his snorkel and his mask.
He had suitable accessories
for nearly any task. 

He had helmets, hats and headgear.
He had uniforms galore.
Why, he even brought the costume
of a Spanish matador.

But though Benson Baxter came prepared
for almost every sport,
he forgot his tennis racquet,
so they threw him off the court.

  —Kenn Nesbitt

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