Opposing armies clash under Friday’s spotlight—
Eternal rivals engage in a show of speed and power:
Cheering parents, students, and teachers all show their pride.
Pass thrown, defender juked, touchdown scored, crowd cheers.
For these modern-day Spartans, celebration is expected and almost guaranteed.
Glory and fame await these titans in the halls.
On another date, different armies clash once more:
Eternal rivals engage in a show of wits:
Empty classroom, except for students, coach, the occasional parent.
“Philosopher who wrote Leviatha-” Buzz. “Thomas Hobbes.” Score updated, next question.
No recognition for these modern-day Athenians.
A passing remark in the announcements, give or take.
Merciless steamroll of the rival school in both cases—
Friday’s game: Exciting, no doubt.
But the battle of academics: Where’s the teacher to see the fruits of her efforts?
Jersey-clad warriors sent to war against bigger armies,
In the finest buses, which contain students’ rejoice:
The brass of the band and booms of the crowd cheer them off.
Another group of warriors is sent off to even bigger heights:
No bus awaits us—only two vans rented from Enterprise.
847 miles—Oklahoma to Minnesota.
No one’s there to see.
Not one soul to cheer us on
Or even just acknowledge us.