The timing is rife
for a bit of rally
now that the ball’s in play.
There’s the score with a let
and the snide passing shot
which only the quick can volley.
So beware of the serve
with the deceptive backspin
especially if anticipating a lobby.
For the drop shot will break you
skinned knees on court,
clutching your racket with horror.
For as match point beckons
one begs for a break
though more simply a score of love.