Robert Woods (A Local Dude)

That’s it,
They finally got themselves together.

I’m back to driving my bus,
The normal stuff is taking over.

“Hey, Billy, sit down.”

People are complaining about gas,
Ranting about Trump, all is back to normal.

At least they are going to the games now
And supporting the school.

(So ends the story of Taylorville and the peculiar ways that people see the world… Thank you for reading this throughout 2018!)

Narrator

Stop believing sports are heavenly,
Stop thinking STEM is the only way,
Understand people need to learn how to be people,
Understand we need each other.

There is no scholarship guarantee,
Playing time is earned,
Bands are there for a reason,
Sports and music can go together.

But only when perspectives are open,
When perspectives are malleable,
When perspectives are given a chance
To see everything.

Narrator

Limited thinkers,
Working from an entitled perspective,
Singe everything around them,
Mostly it’s people who get burned,
Often it’s the single-celled dumplings
Who started the mayhem
Suffering the greatest degree of heat.

Narrator

On those days,
When reality strikes,
Letting a person know,
Life is not realizing their dream
The true character of that person
Will wake up.

Putting blame out there
Only serves to start fires
That spread through other egos
Bring clusters of blazes
In the anger of limited thinking.

Narrator

Little towns, big towns,
It doesn’t matter,
Groupthink and ego
Don’t mix.

People complain of entitlements,
But they live with a belief
That they should
Get something.

A spat about scholarships
Was nothing more than a deflection
Set forth by a group unable to accept
Their kids weren’t good enough.

It hurts,
It sucks, but
Sometimes that’s the way
It goes.

Ralph Higgonbothem (Taylorville Schools Superintendent)

Well, there you have it,
None of that mess stuck to me.
We saved some money,
We took a hit in public relations arena,
But now, I get to implement changes.
The local districts will be envious of our new program.

The headhunters will come looking.
I’m thinking south…

Sam Brown (Sales, Music Friends of Sports Parent)

I hope everyone knows
That we were in this for the kids,
For the coaches, and
The integrity of the school district.

One group doesn’t get to determine
How everything goes for our school
And those sports parents
Were out of control.

The band could use a new trailer,
We have a great deal of stuff to transport to games,
Did you know the bands also compete for the school?
Any financial support would be appreciated.

Tony Weaver (Baseball Coach)

I just wanted to add,
That I’m an old ball coach,
Not believing in the shift,
Velo,
Or that damned launch angle.

We will be washing cars
At the Dunkin
If anyone would like to support our trip
Down south
In March.

Jerry Dean (Basketball, Eight Bars Parents)
Student Spokesperson

Yeah, it sucks that we lost our seasons,
But we had our reasons.

Maybe our parents will learn
That there’s more to life than a scholarship to earn.

We fear that nothing will change,
Certain though, that this year was strange.