True squash has built its temple;
It has trained all seven pillars.
It has fully prepared its nutrition;
It has mixed its vitamins and minerals;
It has also arranged its table.
It has drawn in its professionals
To advise from their learned heights above
“Whoever is inexperienced, let them come in here.”
True Squash says to the one lacking good sense:
“Come, eat my bread
And share in drinking the water that I have purified.
Leave behind your inexperience and train;
Train forward in the way of proficiency.”
The one who “corrects” a referee
And whoever reproves a wicked opponent will get hurt.
Do not reprove a wicked opponent, or they will
Reprove a wise person, and they will
Share with a wise player, and they will
Coach someone righteous, and they
will add to their learning.
The fear of medocrity is the beginning
of high performance,
And knowledge of purposeful practice
is the pathway upwards.
For with diligence your games will be many,
And years will be added to your life.
If you become competent, you are competent to
your own advantage,
But if you are a wicked opponent, you alone
will bear it.
A stupid player swears loudly.
They are ignorant and know
almost nothing of value.
They sit at the entrance of a ruined court,
On a worn seat in the public places of the
Calling out to those passing by,
To those moving straight ahead on
“Whoever is inexperienced, let them
hit on this court.”
They say to those lacking quality
“Stolen secrets are sweet,
And knowledge hidden is pleasant.”
But they do not know that those
powerless in ability are in there,
That their guests are in the depths of
by David Jarvis 2022.
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