"Casey Gets A Hit"

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    "Casey Gets A Hit"


        "Casey Gets a Hit"
    (with apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer)
        dedicated to my nephew Casey Hyde
    who I taught to hit



    things were more than sad for the Nut's and Bolts top nine
    until the second inning things seemed to be just fine
    with the home team in the field and the score at nine to two
    the future seemed quite bright til the opposition came through

    with 3 runs in the third and 2 more in the fourth
    it seemed Rat City had exhausted all its worth
    most had left the ballpark
    for hope had left the field
    for every single pitch had caused our heroes to yield
     
    the score remained the same for the remainder of the game
    for all the good they did the hitters could have been lame
    so in quiet horror the remaining people sat
    until the final inning when Casey came to bat

    his slump had lasted decades til he finally began to hit
    line drives, ropes, and doubles, that inevitably hit someone's mitt
    it wasn't that he didn't strike the ball with force to save the day
    just that it always seemed to land in the other players' way

    0 for 59 he came to bat that day
    haven't had a hit in over 50 days
    from somewhere on the bench the crowd heard someone say
    oh man, we are had for Casey's at the bat this day

    in the final inning with Valle leading off
    the strangest thing that happened was he managed to get on
    Jay soon followed him and above derisive grin
    singled into center and fooled most everyone

    followed by Olivo soon hit by a pitch
    Casey came to bat while everyone bitched
    the first pitch sailed past while Casey faked a bunt
    he ignored the slider that I would call a very clever drop

    he growled, he snarled, and whimpered when the final pitch was thrown
    with all the strength he had he put his season on the line
    and fouled off quite weakly down the first base line

    he could not fault the umpire for not giving him a break
    for when the final pitch was thrown and given all that Casey could take
    he slammed down to the ground right in front of home plate
    and ran his butt down the line with everything he could fake

    Oh, Somewhere down in the land of rats
    White Center to some of us
    we no longer cry in pain for the losers
    we used to watch

    as the ball dropped in front of home
    with 3 men on base
    the catcher saw he had no play at the plate
    and fired hard to first where the ball in flight did stay

    number 9 threw a rope to 6 which ended up at 7
    with just one chance to catch the man he threw into the stands
    when Casey finally crossed the plate
    he was the greatest hitter in our great eternal land.

    © Sam Hyde
       06-07-12   



     

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    Tempestlady commented on "Casey Gets A Hit"

    02-28-2013

    Loved the duplicity of this one. Still think you should look imbic pentameter, and study a bit more about the rhythms and patterns of some poetry becaue you have the touch, the words and the meanings but you should read it out loud to yourself and then you will know hey ? that doesn't flow...then your work will really be perfect i think. Just saying...write on, write well, and give em hell.........Tempestlady

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