Opening Day

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I am participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to the co-authors of              Two Writing Teachers for creating this  supportive community.

Yesterday was the opening day of the baseball season and the Phillies won 10-4! I wasn’t there, but managed to catch most of it on TV, including the grand slam by Rhys Hoskins. So in honor of baseball and Poetry Friday, here’s a found poem from the words of Mike Sielski whose article appeared on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer this morning.

Opening Day

pomp and pageantry

a succession

of sights and scenes and sounds

an eerie silence

the crowd inhales

holds their breath


collective disapproval for the intentional walk

bases loaded

a 96-mph fastball rockets into the left-field seats

grand slam!

the most joyous seconds

of the most enjoyable day

of baseball


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12 Responses to Opening Day

  1. dianeandlynne says:

    I wrote about baseball yesterday. What a game! I love your found poem..Lets go Phillies!

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  2. cvarsalona says:

    I am glad that you joined us at PF today Rose. I saw that you left a comment at Christie Wyman’s that since you wrote a poem, you would join us. Your opening day poem captures the highlights of yesterday’s game. The last 3 lines of your poem shared your enthusiasm for the game.

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  3. Tabatha says:

    A fun found summary! You pulled out the best bits 🙂

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  4. There is something about opening day … play ball!!

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  5. carwilc says:

    I love, love, love baseball and I love your found poem! The Rockies won yesterday too, although maybe not as smashingly as your Phillies! I’ll take 6-3! Woo Hoo! Our opening day pitcher, Kyle Freeland, played high school ball with one of my friend’s sons, and his mom is a secretary at one of the Denver Public Schools.

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  6. Love your poem, Rose! It was a great Openining Day. Your poem captures it perfectly! Go Phillies!⚾️

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  7. arjeha says:

    Great way to celebrate opening day of a great sport, Rose. You captured the joy and excitement of the day.

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  8. Ramona says:

    Even though baseball is not my favorite sport, you made me wish I’d headed down to watch Opening Day with the Mariners yesterday. I love how you captured the joyous seconds in these lines:
    “bases loaded
    a 96-mph fastball rockets into the left-field seats
    grand slam!”

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  9. lindabaie says:

    Our opening day, in the Rockies, is Friday. I’m hoping that we’ll have a poem for the day like yours, Rose!

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  10. Love how your poem not only captures the images, but also all of the feelings we experience throughout the day. My Cardinals didn’t do so well, but I’m hoping for better games to come.

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  11. Baseball isn’t really popular at all where I live, we only have one professional baseball team in the entire country after all, and they’re all the way on the other side of the continent! But even I, who know literally nothing about baseball (you….ummm…hit the ball and run, right?”) can appreciate the importance of a ritual like opening day – goodbye, winter doldrums, hello spring sunshine, and the promise of lazy, hazy, crazy summer days to come!!

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