In the hack and grip your rock
crouch and graceful glide precise
eyes on broom across the sheet
send the stone along the ice.
But you can’t hit everything—
need to keep the four-rock rule.
Play it cagey—make the tick
learned in Weagle curling school.
Skip is yelling from the house
to the sweepers, “Hurry hard!”
Rock is light and slowing fast
comes to rest, a perfect guard.
Rival stone sits in the rings
they would dearly love to steal.
“Throw a bullet,” is the call,
“sweep it clean, we want to peel.”
Now the house is getting full
rocks in twelve-foot, four-foot, eight
try the double, watch the jam
need to throw a lot of weight!
It’s our hammer and last rock
draw to button a clear shot
sweep for line and watch it curl
– it looks easy, but it’s not!
© 2011 by V. Nesdoly
It’s the week of the Brier — a week-long curling bonspiel that pits men’s rinks from Canada’s provinces and territories against each other.
If there’s one game I love to watch it’s curling. I love the fact that there’s athleticism and strategy involved (curling has been called ‘chess on ice’). I love it that ordinary men and women (moms, teachers, accountants, chiropractors, golf-green-keepers, pharmacists) from small-town Canada get to be in the spotlight. I enjoy the pace of the game, and the way it’s televised so that you can see the look on the players’ faces, watch the progress of the rock along the ice, and see those great shots replayed. It has taken lot of self-discipline for me to get anything done this week (with three games a day and each several hours long… good thing I have a knitting project on the go!).
I wrote the ditty, above, several years ago while watching a Scotties (women’s) or Brier (men’s tournament). It uses a a bit of the game’s vocabulary (and is a re-post).
In case you’re interested, here’s a glossary of Canadian curling lingo (Canadian Curling Federation).
The video below features the top ten curling shots from a few years ago at one of the Canadian spiels that was played to help select Canada’s men’s and women’s rinks for the 2010 Olympics (where the Canadian men’s rink [Kevin Martin] won gold and the women’s [Cheryl Bernard, shown in the still shot below] won the women’s silver).
This post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by the multi-talented Michelle Barnes at Today’s Little Ditty.