To speak one's mind by telling all one's heart
- Brené Brown (TED Talk: The Power of Vulnerability)
Tiny boots and cardboard blocks are strewn across the carpet.
Aleph coloring pages line the bright kindergarten tables.
The only light in the room comes from slanted window shades.
A picture book lies in my hands.
Words illuminated by blue-dusk light.
Shoulder level heads lean on me and listen.
I read a story: of friendship, love of all people, and peace.
A smattering of spectators perches on cold metal bleachers.
They dig their hands out from blankets to clap for noteworthy shots.
A yellow racquet with a pink grip is propped against the net.
An opponent paces with anticipation on the parking lot end of the court.
I've lost two matches, a coach, a set, and a game.
I pick up the racquet, skip to the baseline, and serve.