Robert Francis

(August 12, 1901 - July 13, 1987 / Pennsylvania / United States)

The Base Stealer - Poem by Robert Francis

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!


Comments about The Base Stealer by Robert Francis

  • (4/17/2019 1:14:00 PM)

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

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  • (5/22/2018 8:55:00 AM)

    how interesting ´slurp´ (Report)Reply

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  • (11/9/2017 2:47:00 PM)

    It was so boring not being rude it was just not interesting. (Report)Reply

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  • Lantz 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. (Report)Reply

    (3/20/2018 1:41:00 PM)

    Agreed good sir! I truly love this poem

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  • (4/27/2015 11:18:00 AM)

    This certainly puts into words we can all relate to. Good write. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 27, 2015



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