Friday, April 04, 2008

Cardinals and Royals in First Place, and it's Poetry Month

The sunshine is a bit brighter when my teams are winning ballgames, and both Missouri baseball teams are leading their divisions. I'm no statistician, but I'm willing to bet that it's been a long time since both the Cardinals and Royals have been in first.

This morning's Writer's Almanac from Garrison Keillor includes the following fresh gem:

Poem: "Assignment #1: Write a poem about Baseball and God" by Philip E. Burnham, Jr. from Housekeeping: Poems Out of the Ordinary. © Ibbetson Street Press, 2005. Reprinted with permission.

Assignment #1: Write a poem about Baseball and God

And on the ninth day, God
In His infinite playfulness
Grass green grass, sky blue sky,
Separated the infield from the outfield,
Formed a skin of clay,
Assigned bases of safety
On cardinal points of the compass
Circling the mountain of deliverance,
Fashioned a wandering moon
From a horse, a string and a gum tree,
Tempered weapons of ash,
Made gloves from the golden skin of sacrificial bulls,
Set stars alight in the Milky Way,
Divided the descendants of Cain and Abel into contenders,
Declared time out, time in, stepped back,
And thundered over all of creation:
"Play ball!"


Blogger bankmeister said...

baseball and god, eh? i kinda like that assignment.

4/06/2008 6:23 PM  

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