Guadalupe_Hernandez_-_Dear_Basket_Ball_Poetry_analysis -...

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Poetry analysisDirections:Read the poem. Then fill out the TPS-FASTT graphic organizer. Write a summaryof the poem.Dear Basketballby Kobe BryantDear Basketball,From the momentI started rolling my dad’s tube socksAnd shooting imaginary5Game-winning shotsIn the Great Western ForumI knew one thing was real:I fell in love with you.A love so deep I gave you my all —10From my mind & bodyTo my spirit & soul.As a six-year-old boyDeeply in love with youI never saw the end of the tunnel.15I only saw myselfRunning out of one.And so I ran.I ran up and down every courtAfter every loose ball for you.20You asked for my hustleI gave you my heartBecause it came with so much more.I played through the sweat and hurtNot because challenge called me25But because YOU called me.I did everything for YOUBecause that’s what you doWhen someone makes you feel asAlive as you’ve made me feel.30You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dreamAnd I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.This season is all I have left to give.My heart can take the pounding35My mind can handle the grindBut my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.And that’s OK.I’m ready to let you go.I want you to know now40

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Term
Fall
Professor
Mrs. Smith
Tags
Meaning of life, Kobe Bryant, Note shifts

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