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Charles Ghigna - Father Goose®

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Baseball Dreams

In memory of Jack Marsh,
second baseman, Yale University, 1943


Before the bayonet replaced the bat,
Jack Marsh played second base for Yale;
his spikes anchored into the August clay,
his eyes set deep against the setting sun.

The scouts all knew his numbers well,
had studied his sure hands that flew
like hungry gulls above the grass;
but Uncle Sam had scouted too,

had chosen first the team to play
the season's final game of '44,
had issued him another uniform
to wear into the face of winter moon

that shone upon a snowy plain,
where players played a deadly game,
where strikes were thrown with each grenade,
and high pitched echoes linger still.

Beyond the burned-out foreign fields
and boyhood dreams of bunts and steals,
young Jack Marsh is rounding third
and sliding, sliding safely home.


from A Fury of Motion: Poems for Boys,
Boyds Mills Press, © Charles Ghigna

2 comments:

Amy LV said...

Charles, I love this. And with a dutiful and courageous son playing baseball right now, I can almost not read it without crying. Thank you.
A.

FATHER GOOSE (Charles Ghigna) said...

Thanks, Amy. I just read your gem of a poem, "Science is like Writing."

"A poem takes white light in me
and breaks it into colors
for everyone to see."

Beautiful!