Oh judge, dear judge

This is a repost from Dec 24th, 2011.
Enjoy. 🙂

Judge Jeanne Boutilier:

I wrote this as chair for judges hospitality at the very first Region 5 “The Cup” Hosted by Gym Nation in Cincinnati. It was recited by a young gymnast named Rachel. 🙂

Oh judge, dear judge
Hello, it’s me
I’m way down here
only 4 foot 3.

My knees are knocking
I hope you don’t see.
I look up at you
you smile at me.

It’s my turn on beam
now there’s no escaping.
A “9” would be nice
see, my grandma is taping.

I know I’m wobbly
but here’s a quiz –
Do you know how thin
this darn thing is???

Oh judge, dear judge
can you cut me some slack?
I wiped out in warm-ups
and hurt my back.

You signal you’re ready
for me to begin.
I face you, salute you
and flash my best grin.

These bars feel good
I must keep my grip.
Did I happen to mention
I have a big rip?

It’s over, I did it
that wasn’t so bad.
But I have to admit
I really am glad.

Oh judge, dear judge
it’s my turn on floor.
And I know you’ve heard
my music before.

But you only smile
as I flip and I leap.
How is it that your
composure you keep?

Out of bounds, you say
on two of my passes?
Well, I think that line judge
needs some new glasses.

Okay, yes, okay
I’m sure you are right.
But the floor is springy
it messed up my flight.

Oh judge, dear judge
did you see that vault?
You need to know
it wasn’t my fault.

The board was too close
the horse set too high.
But you just smiled
when I walked by.

You sit there for hours
and watch us compete.
You nod and encourage
you don’t miss a beat.

You look so regal
in your navy blue.
Oh judge, dear judge
we appreciate you!!!

USA National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges

(via Judge Laura Vincent on Facebook)


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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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