inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 6 July 2021, essay.
One essay, then he’s out of the race,
Approached standards with speed and with grace,
When he got there, the pole,
It got lodged in a hole,
Snapped in two; he fell flat on his face.
Apparently in the pole vault, you have the bar, which is the thing they have to jump over. The two things that hold the bar in place above the ground are called the standards. Who knew?