Today is Opening Day

and every ballclub’s home field is a field
of dreams, every clubhouse is full of promise.
Every team has a veteran back for a last season;
every team has a rookie prospect who could be
the answer to what’s been missing. Every team hopes.

Today is Opening Day
and there’s no talk of scandals or steroids
or last season’s errors, balks and bloopers.
There’s no talk of contracts, lockouts or labor strikes.
For now, every team has dedicated fans who love
the team, and sing its praises, no matter what.

Today is Opening Day
and so many legends of the game are re-invoked –
Honus Wagner and Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Ted Williams,
Bob Feller, Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax,
Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial and Hank Aaron,
Jackie Robinson, Brooks Robinson, and Frank Robinson.

Today is Opening Day
and we remember those
we lost too soon like Roberto Clemente
and those we’ve lost since the end
of last season after meteoric lives cut short
or after long productive lives in or outside of baseball.

Today is Opening Day
and everything is perfect –
the manicured field, the combed base paths,
the sharp chalk lines and batter’s boxes. Announcers banter
and sports writers lean toward laptops. In the stands fans look on,
and the beers are ice cold, peanuts roasted, the hot dogs piping hot.

Today is Opening Day
and the Head Umpire has the managers’ lineups.
Someone – it doesn’t matter who – sings the National
Anthem. The home team has taken the field
and someone – it doesn’t matter who –
throws out the first pitch.

Today is Opening Day.

The Umpire flips down his mask and shouts, “Play Ball!”

Andrew Shattuck McBride
NaPoWriMo
April 6, 2012

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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4 Responses to Today is Opening Day

  1. Andy, I was clicking around on Judy’s Boynton blog and found the link to yours. Wow, is there fine writing here–your NaNoWriMo poems are fantastic! “This Is Opening Day” is a marvelous tribute to the game. And your narrative poems about family are vivid and heartbreaking and gorgeous. I hadn’t been planning to do NaNoWriMo this year, but your poems have inspired me to jump on board. I’m so glad I happened upon your blog; I’m looking forward to exploring the archives as well as your new posts this month. Cheers!

    • Hi Jennifer, thank you so much for your kind comments! The “Opening Day” prompt is the one I’ve enjoyed the most so far.
      Maureen Thorson’s prompts are great. She is definitely having me stretch. I consider my NaPoWriMo poems to be a bit raw and unrefined, but they are starts. This is my first NaPoWriMo, and I have seven poems so far! Yaayyy!
      I’m so glad that you’ll be participating. I enjoyed your triolet and your tree poem collage. Brilliant!
      Jennifer, thanks again!
      Sincerely, and best wishes, Andy

  2. Carolyn Arnold says:

    Love it! Really captures the feeling of opening day! Thanks, Andy!

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