Hunnewell Elementary Baseball Field

Paul Coughlin’s dad coaches in the fall, and this year the team gets uniforms. They won’t help.

I can swing hard
enough to break the T
in half, but never hard
enough to hit the ball.

Mike is no star athlete
but he can move the ball
past the infield and run the bases
like an older brother.

Today I thank God
they let you swing
til the ball pops

but in a month
I will wonder if Paul
or his dad
hesitates a moment
before calling my invitation
to the post-season party.

It is the work of devils
and fathers
we cannot know
we are no good for sports
until we have set off running
and the ball

has not moved.

Added: February 17, 2012 | Last changed: May 11, 2014