The Game of Life

Just popping in to say Hi to my friends. I received this poem in my email yesterday and was pretty certain it would be appreciated here.

 

The Game of Life
by Swen Nater

The Little League game was about to begin,
On a perfectly, wonderful day.
One team sprinted out,
With a spirited shout,
For the boys were excited to play. 

As their coach saw the field, with his players in place,
A vision took over his sight.
Each Little League lad
Grew the age of a dad,
Complete with the beard and the height.

His pitcher, an artist, poised to create
On a canvas awaiting and bare.
His stroke on the ball
Made it spin and then fall
When it curved and it carved through the air. 

His catcher, a general, positioned in place,
Was leading the rest of the pack.
On his signal and sign,
They joined to combine,
With a quick and successful attack.

His shortstop, a surgeon, whose quickness and skill,
When it seemed like death cast the fate,
On the double, he caught,
What the grave almost got,
And threw lifelessness out at the plate. 

His outfield consisted of no lesser men:
Three statesmen with not one reproach.
On third was a preacher,
And on second, a teacher,
On first was a Little League coach. 

As the vision grew fainter, he sobered and thought.
The epiphany cut like a knife.
Baseball was more
Than a game and a score;
He was coaching the game of life.   

Although this poem relates to the game we all love, baseball… Swen was actually a member of the UCLA team coached by John Wooden!  Kinda cool, huh?

I’ll be back soon, just wrapping up a few loose writings.

21 Comments

Thanks for sharing that poem, Buz. Baseball is so much more than just a game to us fans!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Your poems rock my world, I love it! Just thought I’d let you know :) xoxo http://diamondgirl55.mlblogs.com

Awesome poem! It really captures the essence of baseball fandom. I appreciate that.
–Jeff
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Excellent poem… and yes very cool….
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

Buz!
I was checking if you had written anything lately! Awe-some poem! Will the smiler would appreciate it too.
I’ve been slacking off in my blog but I’ll try to post something later on tonight.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

Buz, I love that poem! I remember there used to be these shirts that everyone had that was like “(This sport) is life, the rest is just detail.” Maybe not, anyway, for me, baseball is life, and that poem really does a great job of portraying fanhood.
Emily
http://deconstructingthoughts.mlblogs.com/

Buz,
Thanks for this very nice and impressive poem rich in vivid images!
Scenes like this are quite often seen in Japan too, in many playgrounds of elementary schools on sunny holidays like today.
nao
http://nao.mlblogs.com/

Very cool indeed, Buz! Thanks for sharing with us…..and I very much look forward to what writings you have in store for us!
–Jeff
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http: //mtrredstatebluestate.com

It is amazing the impact John Wooden has had on the world of not just basketball, but inspiration in all aspects of life. I wasn’t really here to remember his coaching legacy but reading his book and following his 12 steps have really made an impact in my life. His former players, like this one are probably doing great things in the real world

http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

Wonderful poem.
It reminded me how much I miss you and your insightful blog.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

Merry Christmas to you and your family, hope you have fun and enjoy…:-)
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

that was a beautiful poem and I thank you for sharing it with us! I really appreciated what the poem’s message. :)

happy holidays!!

http://mimi.mlblogs.com/

that was a beautiful poem and I thank you for sharing it with us! I really appreciated what the poem’s message. :)

happy holidays!!

http://mimi.mlblogs.com/

Happy Holidays, Buz. Stay safe.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

When are you coming back? I miss you.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

Cat.. we’re getting close to me back on MLB. I had to finish up some screenplays.. Get them submitted and wait for feedback. That has been accomplished and I’m so ready for baseball. Thank you so much for continuing to check on my blog. How about the McGuire interview? some crazy things happening;. but.. our Dodgers have been very quiet…. ; )

Buz!
Time to start defrosting and smelling the hot dogs and peanuts!
Hey! I will go see Sandy Koufax next Saturday at the LA Live event to beneift Joe Torre’s Safe at Home charity!
Emma
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http://DodgersBlueBlog.com/

Wow Emma! What a way to start the year! Sandy Koufax?! I am so jealous ; )

Buz

Buz,
Did you back to hibernating? The Koufax event was AWESOME! and it was for a good cause! I saw it person then went home and watch the DVR recording.
.
Last weekend I went to Camelback Ranch.
Hey are you going to the Dodger exhibition game in Las Vegas wtih the Reds?
Emma
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http://DodgersBlueBlog.com/

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