Penalty Kick

 /   /  By Emma Birches
Stone Soup Magazine
July/August 2004

By Hudson Jetton

Overtime.
Golden Goal.
As I place the ball in a circle,
I think about where I should place the shot.

top left
bottom left
top right
bottom right

I wait for the whistle
my team is silent
but the crowd is roaring

pressure is on
nerves rush through me

suddenly the crowd silences
the whistle blows

I sprint toward the ball
the crowd stands

my shot

swift
quick
hard
and low right

the keeper dives for the ball
I turn my head
don’t even watch
I know
I won the game.

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Hudson Jetton, 12
Hoover, Alabama

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