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Grace Bats Last


When she steps to the plate,
I’m pretty sure the bases
are loaded; more loaded
than we ever imagined they’d be.

You never know what
the skipper’s going to do.

Even if you’re in a slump longer
than Rip Van Winkle’s nightmare,
and slower than an uphill freight train,
you’re likely to be inserted
as a pinch runner.

Taking the count full,
so all’s on the line,
she steps out of the box
one final time;
tapping the bat against her cleats,
carefully knocking loose
any clods trying to cling.

She points the polished white ash
toward the right field bleachers
with a confidence making
the Bambino look like
a rookie out of his league.

No matter what pitch
the opposing pitcher
has up his sleeve –
heater, curve, knuckler, change-up,
screwgie, spitter, slider, cutter,
or something we’ve never ever seen –
I’m pretty sure that ‘tater’s gonna be
tattooed like a wrinkled sailor.

Hear the crowd roar, child.
Hear the crowd roar.
A walk-off swing;
a dance-off sing.
Grace bats last, my child.
Grace bats last!

© 2017 Todd Jenkins


3 responses

  1. Spring time grace:

    Grace –
    Improv on “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
    (Norworth, Von Tilzer,1908)

    Bring us in – let our hearts flame.
    Pitch us smiles, walk us home.

    Grace church suppers and sacraments,
    quiet Sundays and big life events!

    Now it’s faith, hope, love for the world’s dream –
    if we can’t share, it’s a shame.

    May this meal! church! future! be blessed…
    In our God’s bright name!

    Liked by 1 person

    February 21, 2017 at 6:01 am

  2. Take me out to the ballgame! Amen!

    Liked by 1 person

    February 21, 2017 at 5:37 pm

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