A ball that’s lost should never cost ____A one-stroke penalty. Where now it dwells finds someone else— ____It’s stolen property! When perfect putt lips ‘round the cup, ____No stroke need added be. For physics claimed the putt was drained ____By law of gravity. If hook or slice, it isn’t nice ____To suffer grievously. Don’t blame your swing, ‘cause frictioning ____Behaved mischievously. Should drive you top or skyward pop, ____View not as casualty. Seems underground some worm just found ____A way to move your tee. Golf’s sacred rules were made by fools ____Devoid of empathy. So if you stink, don’t even think ____That they apply to thee. Raymond Gallucci is a retired Professional Engineer who has been writing poetry since 1990.