Kiss and Chew

By Dave Hanks

The gifted high school athlete - is in a situation unique.

His ego is on display - for any recruiter to "tweak".

They will "wine and dine" him, - and his parents as well.

His past and future glories - they labor hard to tell.

He feels so extra-ordinary, - from all they have to say.

But little does he know, - that there's going to come a day -

When that gigantic bubble, - laid on him from the first;

Has about run its course. - It is just about to burst!

'Cause when they finally "land him" - (when they get him there)

He becomes "their game" - and anything is fair.

Life will suddenly change. - It will take a different "feel".

Coaches are now ranting, and cussing! - Is that part of the deal?"

He is no longer grandiose, - no longer the favored "son".

Amid all the many bodies, - he is just another one.

And in life a lesson, now hits him "stark and plain", -

That any inner, glowing comfort - can quickly become a pain.

Human nature is so freakish. - animalistic to see.

Because they will only love you: - “For what you do for me!"