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Jon Pitts February 18 2001 Poem Evaluation A Lesson to Learn The poem THE Ex-Basketball Player written by John Updike is a study into the life of a guy named Flick who has grown up to pump gasoline at Berths Garage Flicks high school days were filled with success as a player The writer of the poem seems that Flick has wasted his potential however Flick himself seems to be quite content with his life Many times those who observe from the outside feel that a person should achieve more then he or she actually does but only the person themselves know whether or not they are happy with their lot in life Flicks high school days were filled with success as a player He still holds the record for most points in a game with three hundred and ninety points they say The author says he saw him rack up thirty-eight or forty in one home game Flicks life was obviously eat up with basketball but he was good at it The author says that his hands were like wild birds He hardly missed a shot he was one of the towns heroes He says the ball loved flick To be honest I think flick loved the ball The author of this poem seems that Flick has wasted his potential however Flick seems to be quite content with his lot in life He enjoys his job as a gas station attendant and loves to reflect on his old high school days All the kids remember how good he was and I guess he is content with that When he gets off work he heads down to Maes luncheonette where he plays pinball and his tiny cigars Many times those who observe from the outside feel that person should achieve more then he or she actually does But only the person themselves knows whether he or she is happy Flick led
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