Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 48,706 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Only Doing My Small Part To Please - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Why do we have to stop playing the game? '

No one said a thing about you stopping!

'But for our night games,
We can not see without the lights.
People here can not sit without the bleechers.
We need the balls and the bats!
Also the bases.
Have you forgotten that? '

I haven't forgotten anything.
In fact...
When you suggested,
I was nothing but what a dog does.
And it was on the bottom of your shoe...
That you could not get rid of?
I thought I'd do you all a favor,
And go home!

'But why are all of those people,
Taking all of our equipment away? '

I paid for the bleechers.
Made a deal with the electric company,
To supply the lights.
The balls and bats I got from donations.
And all the people you see leaving...
I sent invitations.

And I made it clear to all of them,
If I should stink that bad...
What is the point of them sticking around,
To see a game played...
When you have announced,
You would rather not have me here!

So it's like that? '

I guess.
I'm only doing my 'small' part to please!

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 15, 2010

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