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    An ORG Poem

    Summer always makes me maudlin, and lately I've been thinking a lot of baseball, my family, my dad "Poppa" and I found this in the scrapbooks. Thought I'd share it.

    Poetry Dots a Baseball i

    Boys practice poetry and I critique,
    verses rehearsed on green tablets
    with lines ruled in chalk. On the
    mound a youth launches himself
    into a question mark, exclamations
    pop the catcher's mitt and another
    hapless hitter strikes empty cliches:
    one -two -three. The rhythm flows
    from boy to boy like words strung
    into flawless similes, punctuated
    by "swing batta" and "rock-n-fire".

    I am the didactic stanza, exhorting
    youth to the grammar of summer's
    art, cheering when the centerfielder
    turns back to home and plucks an
    apostrophe from space in scissored
    strides, clapping when the shortstop
    scoops commas from dirt and slings
    hyphens to the stretch at first. By
    season's end in shimmery August,
    second-to-short-to-first is the infield's
    sonnet and our runners enjamb bases
    with the plagiarizer's stolen grace.


    Each laughing child with leather, cleats
    and grass-greened knees is a poem,
    but the song is the last boy chosen, joyful
    smile bursting into stanzas of glee
    when at last, long last, he dots an i
    and writes his dash of summer poetry.




    Sep 9/1967


    Charles Elledge

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    Re: An ORG Poem

    I don't want to see this get buried. I like this one. My wife and I do a poetry night a few times a year with some friends and I've thought about suggesting to the Reds that they do a baseball poetry night in the dead of winter in the 4192 Club to break the winter blues.

    Regarding missing your "Poppa", I was walking down to work the other evening and the neighbor kids were tossing in the street and the ball got away heading my direction. I hustled up and grabbed it and threw it back to them. I'd just thought the week before, as the weather has been warming some, that I miss those times with my son. I called him at college and told him I'd just tossed a ball and he should come on down so we could play catch. I really did miss him at that moment and I guess once school gets out, I'll play some catch in the front yard. Have to get the old arm in better shape though.
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    Re: An ORG Poem

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    I don't want to see this get buried. I like this one. My wife and I do a poetry night a few times a year with some friends and I've thought about suggesting to the Reds that they do a baseball poetry night in the dead of winter in the 4192 Club to break the winter blues.

    Regarding missing your "Poppa", I was walking down to work the other evening and the neighbor kids were tossing in the street and the ball got away heading my direction. I hustled up and grabbed it and threw it back to them. I'd just thought the week before, as the weather has been warming some, that I miss those times with my son. I called him at college and told him I'd just tossed a ball and he should come on down so we could play catch. I really did miss him at that moment and I guess once school gets out, I'll play some catch in the front yard. Have to get the old arm in better shape though.
    I think anyone who has lost a parent, or had a son or daughter move out and on with their lives, feels what I felt today, from to time, those keen sharp pangs of memories you treasure. The Reds, and baseball in general, as silly as it seems to some, are one of those memory "triggers" that can bring yesterday flooding back to me as if it were happening today.

    I re-read some of my dad's posts and stuff in the archives, and I guess that's what started my blues. Good blues, though, like the best of it's musical namesake. I miss him so much. For those who are curious, I posted a couple pics of ORG in the photo gallery, today, as soon as a mod gets them approved. Okay, enough of this.

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    Re: An ORG Poem

    Thanks so much for sharing that, Jake.

    I'd love to see anything you ever find of your dad's writing. He's a legend here.
    "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."
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    Re: An ORG Poem

    Quote Originally Posted by RedlegJake View Post


    On the mound a youth launches himself
    into a question mark
    This poem has beautiful imagery for a baseball fan to enjoy. My favorite is above.

    Man, I miss ORG and, man, he sure could put pen to paper and come up with some gems.
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