poet Robert Francis

Robert Francis

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The Base Stealer

Poised between going on and back, pulled
Both ways taut like a tightrope-walker,
Fingertips pointing the opposites,
Now bouncing tiptoe like a dropped ball
Or a kid skipping rope, come on, come on,
Running a scattering of steps sidewise,
How he teeters, skitters, tingles, teases,
Taunts them, hovers like an ecstatic bird,
He's only flirting, crowd him, crowd him,
Delicate, delicate, delicate, delicate—now!

Poem Submitted: Monday, April 27, 2015

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  • mike hawk (5/20/2020 4:47:00 PM)

    I hate all black people

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  • Ben Dover (3/4/2020 6:41:00 AM)

    This poem is very homosexual asss

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  • kiersten (2/3/2020 11:40:00 AM)

    it is a simple yet nerve wrecking poem

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  • Cejay (4/17/2019 1:14:00 PM)

    I really don’t like prom because they aren’t like stories but this one. Was terrible

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  • falesha (5/22/2018 8:55:00 AM)

    how interesting ´slurp´

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  • Dakota Giddeon (11/9/2017 2:47:00 PM)

    It was so boring not being rude it was just not interesting.

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  • Lantz PierreLantz Pierre (1/27/2017 5:34:00 AM)

    What a beautiful, evocative rendering of the plight of the baseball player leading off, tempting, teasing, caught in that exhilarating moment during a game that hangs in the air, hoping to steal a base and advance his team's hopes of victory. It rolls it all up and gets my heart beating, just like the real thing. Masterful.

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    Jean Peuplus Pentoute(3/20/2018 1:41:00 PM)

    Agreed good sir! I truly love this poem

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  • Raymond Farrell (4/27/2015 11:18:00 AM)

    This certainly puts into words we can all relate to. Good write.

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