Gold Medal Kid
Two million eyes are watching me.
One million tongues are cheering.
The fears I might have felt before
are quickly disappearing.
Tonight I’m feeling ready—
completely on my game.
My nerves are cool as arctic ice.
I’m hotter than a flame.
I turn and twist and float and fly
as if my arms were wings.
I rise so high I touch the sky—
my legs are filled with springs.
I scoff and laugh at gravity,
defying all its laws.
With every leap I hear the cheers
and thunderous applause.
Olympic dreams of glory
are soaring in my head,
for I’m the best who ever lived
at bouncing on my bed.
— Ted Scheu
Copyright © 2009. All Rights Reserved. From I Threw My Brother Out: A Laughable Lineup of Sports Poems. Young Poets Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.
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I love to share this poem and have the listeners try to guess, as the poem progresses, what activity I’m doing. No one ever guesses bouncing on my bed. I was, in fact, the Olympic champion of bed bouncing in 1964, at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. In my little mind. That’s where they’ll be having the delayed 2020 Games next summer—Tokyo. I have, in fact, broken several beds bouncing on them, in my time, and even put my hard head through the ceiling once. Ouch. Poor ceiling.
From I Threw My Brother Out: A Laughable Lineup of Sports Poems
No one among current children’s poetry practitioners is writing humorous verse quite like Ted Scheu. He captures kids’ lives in rhyming verse—their joys and giggles, their disappointments and doubts—more honestly than anyone these days. In this sweetly hilarious collection of 58 sports poems for kids ages 6 to 11, Scheu covers just about all the sports bases—with poems with tips for winning games (and losing them), handling confusing coaches, sports dreams, and dislikes—often from the perspective of the not-so-super star kid. Poem titles include “Gold Medal Kid,” “Daddy, It’s Only a Game,” “Ode to a Hockey Puck,” “I Love to Lose,” and “I’m Just a Lonely Goalie.” The illustrations are also utterly unique and completely captivating—stunning black and white photos of kids from the camera of Peter Lourie, children’s author and photographer. Here’s what X.J. Kennedy, celebrated poet for kids, said this about Scheu’s collection, “Ted Scheu, one of our very best poets writing for kids, really knows what turns kids on. I Threw My Brother Out is a first-rate sheaf of engaging rhymes and romping rhythms, full of wisdom and fun. It should go over big, whether read out loud or on the page.”