Joey Dille's Racing Poem Anthology

Contents

Biography
Joey Dille
Starting Off
The Indianapolis 500
NASCAR
Countdown
Starting Off
The Green Flag
Driving
Driver (Diamante)
Driver (Cinquain)
A Fact
The Car
Wheel
Engine
The Engine
The car
Race Happenings
New Leader
Loss
Problems
The Pits
Rubble Trouble
Finishing Pages
The Reason
Sportsmanship
Oh Well
A Tribute
Dale Earnhardt
Biography


Joey Dille

Smart, Fast, Short,
Who wishes to win an important prize,
Who dreams of getting a video game system,
Who wants to win a sponsor cup,
Who wonders why people always fight,
Who fears pain,
Who is afraid of the dark,
Who likes reading,
Who loves his family,
Who plans to have a happy life,
Who has the best friends in the world.

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Starting Off

The Indianapolis 500

At this long race,
The leader sets the pace.
If they don't catch up,
They lose.

A pass would be good.
At the beginning, it would
As they take off in threes,
And twos.

Crashing is not a good action.
Even if you have good traction.
Even a spin-out,
Is bad.

If a driver decides,
To do powerslides,
At the end of them,
He will be sad.

Be careful when you race this race,
For the leader sets a dangerous pace.
Remember not,
To crash and spin.

I hope you finish at the top.
When will the green flag drop?
I hope you win.

This poem was placed in the memorial program for Ronald Eugene Cottrell as he was an avid race fan. Thanks to the Cottrell family for recognizing Joey's work.

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NASCAR

NASCAR racing is very exciting.
When it gets dark, they turn on the lighting.
One lucky person will come first.
And one person will be the worst.
He will get last.
He will not be fast.
But someday later he'll have the chance,
Of doing the winner's victory dance.

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Countdown

The race is starting soon.
Be ready to go.
You are on in 10... 9... 8...
Please don't be slow.
Next is 7... 6... 5...
Get first place.
Now it's 4... 3... 2...
Be ready to race.
Here comes 1,
That great number,
Telling us when to start the race.
It's here now,
So start your engine,
And put on your best face.

GO!

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Starting Off

Together we go
To the racetrack on the hill
To watch the race start

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The Green Flag

My car was at the starting line.
My car's number is number nine.
I wondered if,
When it was time,
They'd all take off,
In a straight line.

When the green flag dropped.

When the green flag dropped,
Would they go fast?
Would I be first?
Would I be last?
I wondered whom I could pass.

When the green flag dropped.

The flagger on the stand put out a hand.
I wondered if I'd be on the winner's stand.

Then the green flag dropped.


This poem was published in "Pit Stop #5" by the Alinea publishing company in Denmark. It is part of a english teaching series of books for children. You can check it out and see the book at: http://www.aliner.dk. Click on "Pit Stop" from the list to go to the book page then click on the "Task Book" or "Topic Book" on the right.

Here is an image of the page from the book.


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Driving


Driver
(Diamante)

Calculating, Smart
Steering, Thinking, Driving
Helmet, Wheel, Dashboard, Seat
Avoiding, Swerving, Winning
Quick, Fast
Brain

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Driver
(Cinquain)

Agile, Quick
Steering the Car
Makes His Car Win
Smart


This poem was published in "Pit Stop #5" by the Alinea publishing company in Denmark. It is part of a english teaching series of books for children. You can check it out and see the book at: http://www.aliner.dk. Click on "Pit Stop" from the list to go to the book page then click on the "Task Book" or "Topic Book" on the right.

Here is an image of the page from the book. Check out who is on the opposite page from Joey's poem. Not bad for 5th grade.


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A Fact

Driving's a hard thing to do.
Not as easy as shining your shoe.
You must dodge and swerve.
Around every curve.
Hoping the crowd doesn't boo.

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The Car

Wheel

Rolls, Spins
Rolling, Spinning, Skidding
Tire, Bolt, Tread, Nut
Swerving, Turning, Moving
Silver, Metal
Tire

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Engine

Making power
Pistons are pumping
Best source of power
Force

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The Engine

The engine is the force that,
Drives the car on.
From morning to night,
From dusk to dawn.
As long as it has gas and air,
The power and the force are there.
All the cylinders going up and down.
The camshaft and crankshaft keep turning around.
The engine is a perfect friend.
Because it goes on until the end.

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The Car

Fiberglass body all around this car.
Steel roll bars up on top.
Chrome bumpers at the front and back.
And a muffler that goes pop.
A single seat, with lead weights underneath.
A gas and a brake at the front.
Four wheels, with tires, on the outside
When you push this you may grunt
"What is this fine car?" You may ask.
But then you'll realize.
"It's a quarter midget! Why didn't I know?"
"The best sight to have met my eyes!"

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Race Happenings

New Leader

The red car zooms by
Leaving the pack behind him
He now has the lead

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Loss

Moving ahead now
Then staying there for some time
Then your gas is gone

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Problems

The Pits

The pits are my favorite place to be.
The pits are wonderful,
Can't you see?
If you don't understand,
I'll make you see.
If the cars weren't fixed,
Where would they be?
If a car comes in with forty nicks,
It goes in bashed,
It comes out fixed.
Now you can see why the pits are so wonderful to me!

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Rubble Trouble

There was a car that went zoom.
It hit the wall and went boom.
All the dust and the rubble,
It will be no trouble,
Let's go get a mop and a broom.

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Finishing Pages

The Reason

When Tom won his last race of the season.
There was a logical reason.
The cars were so slow,
So now you should know,
Why Tom won the last race of the season.

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Sportsmanship

When you enjoy the bliss of winning,
Don't just stand there, happily grinning,
Because the ones around you will feel bad.

Just think if you switched places,
Then look what's on their faces,
Then you would be the one who's feeling sad.

Shake hands with them; tell them it's okay,
They may win some other day.
Being a good sport is the way to be.

Make them laugh, make them smile,
You should go that extra mile.
Say, "Someday, you'll be just like me."

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Oh Well

When you lose the race.
Don't try to hide your face.
Even if the others do sneer.
Watch your eyes.
Try not to cry.
Not even the tiniest tear.
Don't let them under your skin.
Hey, you can't always win.
You might just be having a bad day.
Just forget about them all.
It's not your fault you hit the wall.
Things cannot always go your way.

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A Tribute

Dale Earnhardt

They called him The Intimidator.
He was number three.
He was the greatest hero to me.
He was fast, he was smart,
He was a nice guy.
But now, I see, we must say goodbye.
For now that he'll never be seen.
That man who was never mean.
And now that he's in the sky.
I must say goodbye.

All poems by Joey Dille 5th grade Franconia Elementary
Copyright 2003, Joey Dille


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