Tuesday, April 20, 2010

JACKIE


napowrimo#20...prompt was ...the hero poem ......this poem from Jan 2009


JACKIE

I first saw him on a baseball card in '48
played for the Dodgers
Robinson was his name
amongst the jeers played second base
hitting, fielding , stealing bases
was his game
his skin was black
most thought his chances were slim

from the first time he stepped to the plate
I wanted to be black just like him
he played hard in his own quiet way

with jeers gone cheers came
respect on and off the field
made Mr. Rickey smile
like baseball
politics today has changed
with a game all can play
thanks to my hero Jackie
a black lives in the whitehouse today

17 comments:

skankinmoon said...

Nice tie in at the end. I love baseball and enjoyed your poem.

Andy Sewina said...

Nicely Wayne, you're right it's people like Jackie that pave the way and therefore make the difference. Well recognised!!

markoolio said...

Jackie opened some BIG DOORS! Great hero choice!

Best,

~Mark

flaubert said...

Wayne,
Let's hear for the African-American. Have you ever watched "The History of Baseball"? Ken Burns made the documentary and though I never watched it. I am familiar with the story. There was an incredible amount of racism during early baseball. Good hero!
Pamela

Irene said...

Wow, like how you end it.

Robin said...

Well done! Never even thought about the prejudice and shit he must have endured, but of course, I'm sure that was going on. Great ending to your poem!

rallentanda said...

Good poem. You're a nice man Wayne!

Francis Scudellari said...

His was truly an inspiring story, and you've captured it beautifully here.

Derrick said...

I think you have had lots of black sports people/performers who suffered for their skin colour but all blazed a trail. Nicely said, Wayne.

Derrick said...

I think you have had lots of black sports people/performers who suffered for their skin colour but all blazed a trail. Nicely said Wayne.

novaheart said...

Thank you for reminding me that with all the crazy political harping and noise, how far we have come, how incredible it really is to see a black man in the White House.

Systematic Weasel said...

Great post Wayne!Really nicely done!

-Weasel

Cynthia Short said...

Amazing how this one man helped to cause a sysmic shift...really nice writing here!

brenda w said...

This is a wonderful tribute to Robinson. Nicely done, Wayne. I like the tie-in at the end, too.

1sojournal said...

Very nice tribute to a man who more than deserves it. He opened a whole lot more than the door to baseball. He showed others how to open the doors right in front of them.

Elizabeth

vivinfrance said...

I know nothing of baseball, but appreciated the way you steered it to make a valuable point at the end. Bravo.

Tumblewords: said...

Terrific capture!