Sports Poetry: “Ode to Baseball” by Gary R. Hess – A Sonnet


by Gary R. Hess

An angel’s voice is heard across the lan’
to lure a pitch and show tradition’s hand
Once Echo shouts the glorious Begin,
“Strike one!” The curve is cast and caught’n demand
“Foul ball!” A fastball hit a bit too early.
“You’re out!” The batter quickly swung and missed.
The home town’s hitters leave the field abruptly
Still aughts across the board; eight innings passed
A bloop! A walk. Two singles start a rally.
“Hit batter” Teammates storm the field
The batter sacs a fly into the alley
The rally’s over; double play. They yield.
The home teams up. “Homerun!” A quick one run.
“Strike out!” A walk. A double play. Two-one.

Gary R. Hess

Gary was born and raised on a small farm in rural Kansas. Today, he is teaching various nationalities English in Southeast Asia. Get his newest poetry eBook here.

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