I hear Chieftains cheering, the diverse hymns I hear,
Those of football players each one cheering his as it should be thoughtless and bold,
The tennis player cheering her’s as she calculates her ball or racquet,
The soccer player cheering her’s as she makes ready for battle, or leaves off battle,
The basketball player cheering what belongs to her in her court, the coach cheering on the side
The softball players cheering as she stands on her field, the batter cheering as she stands,
The parents cheering, the teams on their way in the morning, or at halftime or at sundown,
The wonderful cheering of the cheerleaders, or of the young players on the field, or of the young
future athletes playing or watching,
Each cheering what is assigned to him or her and to no one else,
The day what is assigned to the day–at night the celebration of young athletes, strong and proud,
Cheering with open mouths their strong harmonious cheers.
I.S.O. to I hear America Singing by Walt Whitman
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