Joe Rosochacki

“you’re Out! ” - Poem by Joe Rosochacki

The statue of Jackie Robinson, was defaced
By a white racist who most likely
Was cut from a baseball team in his life,
- -his transference of anger, misplaced
The Hitler references,
Who said there no racial differences?
The vile nature of language done by viral mouth
Manifested by hand in some graffiti form
Was this a skinhead from the South?
The bases, ball, glove and bat no color preferences
Cooperstown is not a Capetown some thirty years ago
It is not Apartheid controlled, when white control was the norm
The Japanese, the Latinos, as well as n the future Chinese- - - -
All thank Jackie for breaking down racial barrier,
Jackie you made baseball better
You made the Negro League join the Major League
Sport doesn’t know color
Nor anything else
A great artist, musician, writer,
Should not have prefix, a racial adjective before the noun, White artist, Latino musician, Black writer
You Do or you don’t
As far as the graffiti artist, you don’t and
As far baseball critic.
“You’re out! ”


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 10, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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