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Poetic License: Tennis Valentine: With Love to Play

By Staff | Feb 9, 2011

When I first served to play our game of love

Love-all was just a score I had to break,

But rallies filled with willing give and take

Soon gained advantage for my every move.

To open court you served with change of pace,

Took back the lead at love in quick exchange,

Then gave it back in full before the change,

Returning to receive with open face.

And then with matchless play by two as one,

Without a call or fault for either side

Nor unforced error made to break the tie

Our game went on and on in perfect run.

And now we let our match run day by day

To hold at love and love— with love to play