He throws the basketball in the air
it strikes the backboard and is hurled
back at him; he runs, catches it
midair and leaps, dunking it
into the hoop.
The term “Rebound” often
takes on the connotation
of succeeding with something fresh
and new, but he wipes the sweat
from his bow and smiles, for he knows
that a rebound is a score that you make
on a second or third attempt
with the same ball.