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    Perspective

    It's such an emotional game, baseball is. I was trying to find some words for what it brings, what our hopes are, etc. I finally game to the Poetry Page on baseball-almanac.com (http://baseball-almanac.com/poems.shtml) and came across this one. We all know the emotion. I think this is what I like about baseball and its beauty and its long season, one game and then the next and finally "next year". Even a horrid game like last night, and you hope and cajole and finally realize that one this particular night, it's not to be. But there's always that sentiment shown in the final stanza of this poem, the desperation of the hope.

    The Cure

    Written by Katharine Harer in 2002

    Published: Line Drives (2002)

    baseball is a good antidote for death
    where else do we mutter belief scream
    hope over green grass bathed
    in light where else do we coach the best
    out of one another

    it's all right baby
    you can do it
    settle down guy
    you'll be okay just hang in there
    we need you buddy
    we need a spark
    be the ignitor man

    our whispered pleas combine over rows
    of seats and peanut calls and pour into the ears
    of our boys fixing them
    with our best hope the best we have to give

    nowhere else do we do this together
    reverently from some untapped place
    in our chests saved for our children
    and our lovers we thought we'd used it up
    but listen to us croon making our voices
    carry just the right mixture
    of love and demand

    our throats are sore
    the peanut shells under our feet flattened
    from jumping up and sinking down again
    our hearts extended
    pumping belief
    into this one afternoon

    you can do it
    you can do it for us
    do it now come on
    do it now

    The Cure by Katharine Harer in 2002

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    Re: Perspective

    Very nice.
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
    ~ Mark Twain

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    This one's for you Edd Heath's Avatar
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    Re: Perspective

    Nice poem - but everytime I think of Baseball and Poetry I think of the scene in Bull Durham when Annie Savoy reads Walt Whitman to Nuke LaLoosh.

    As my dad once said - sometimes a bigger loss is better than losing 3-2. I'd agree with that.
    Some people play baseball. Baseball plays Jay Bruce.

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    Re: Perspective

    nice poem (bango drums in the background).

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    Re: Perspective

    Very, very nice. Thank you....and a post where no one is getting bashed! Thank you again!!!

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    Re: Perspective

    I think what caught me on this is that it clearly evokes the emotion you feel as a baseball fan. I actually felt some of this last night even as the game was hopelessly lost.

    you can do it
    you can do it for us
    do it now come on
    do it now


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