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no frills no bells no whistles,
a basic model, unadorned,
what you see is what you get.
not for him the fanfare,
the crowd of cronies
calling out his name
and guffawing at his jokes.

no stunts or tricks or games,
mister reliable, the steady
mainstay of the team,
he quietly accomplishes
what it says on the tin
with no need for validation
or bid for applause.
for him it’s all about
dogged determination
and innate discipline.


First poem about gymnast James Hall is here.