A Thanksgiving Poem to Baseball

"Here's to the little kid in all of us"

I’m  enjoying a visit with my family this week so I’m taking the Thanksgiving holiday a little early.  Here’s a poem that can easily be construed as one of  thanksgiving when looking back over the years and realizing how important baseball has been in my  life.

                                                   Dreams and Things        

  • If you had told me way back then
  • That baseball diamonds filled with men
  • Would somehow make my life a den
  • Of hopes and dreams and acumen
  • I doubt I would have listened.
  • That memories from way back then
  • of Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays,
  • Of Whitey Ford and double plays
  • Would somehow make my older days
  • Much better than my childhood
  • If only I’d have known
  • The part that Casey at the Bat would play
  • In forming memories that stay
  • Through years of doubt and come what may,
  • I would have paid attention.
  • I would have done things differently
  • Instead of wasting time on things
  • That matter not what’s happening
  • To others in the World that brings
  • Much misunderstanding.
  • I look back now on all those years
  • And find I’m easily amused
  • To think of how my time was used,
  • As those around me were excused
  • As though they really mattered.
  • When in the end I realize
  • The things that matter most in life
  • Are those that bring fond memories,
  • Of people, places, food and things,
  • Of God and family gatherings,
  • And Casey at the Bat.
Ronni Redmond, Copyright 2011
“Garlic Fries and Baseball: The Book”  Kindle Edition.  Kindle Locations 2015-2024.

3 responses to “A Thanksgiving Poem to Baseball

  1. I enjoyed this poem. I never realized how many of my favorite memories revolved around baseball, until just a few years ago when I rediscovered my interest in it.

    Ernie Harwell, Mark, “The Bird”, Fidrych, and my one time hero, Eric Soderholm. The list goes on and on…

  2. Thanks Dawne. Appreciate your comment!

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