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Peter A. Witt


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I remember playing baseball on a city park ungroomed diamond
when clouds dotted the sky in the dusty days of spring,
always the catcher who couldn't quite hold onto the ball,
yet Momma cheered for me even when I messed up.
Dad gave me a hug after the game, no matter the score.

The best part was being with my friends, the loud
and the quiet: Frank with his burst of red hair,
Bobby who was always late, Larry who wore thick glasses
and, like me, couldnít see the ball when he was on the field.

Luckily, there were the after-game treats: ice cream, cookies,
sometimes ruby red popsicles that Johnny pretended
froze to his tongue, little Billy held in his hand too long
until the syrup spread in a gooey mess on his hand.

In my older years, I wish my days could be
as simple as then, as carefree.
Perhaps today's a good day for a popsicle.


© by Peter A. Witt.
Used with the authorís permission.



Peter A. Witt is a retired university professor who lives in Texas. An active birder and photographer, he has published two volumes of poetry and a family history (Texas A&M Press). Peter's poetry deals with personal experiences, both real and imagined; his work has appeared in a variety of venues.

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Post New Comment:
Anastasia:
A popsicle makes a bad day better, and a good day wonderful!
Posted 08/01/2023 12:51 AM
Wilda Morris:
I couldn't see the ball, either. Once when my grandfather took me to town with him when he went to meet someone he was working for, he bought me a chocolate ice cream cone - and I ate the bottom out of the cone first. Oops!
Posted 07/07/2023 12:08 PM
Lori Levy:
Great ending!
Posted 07/02/2023 02:13 PM
Joan Luther:
The reward for doing anything in the summerpopsicle. Wonderful!
Posted 07/02/2023 01:22 PM
Angela Hoffman:
ah-simpler times
Posted 07/02/2023 08:22 AM
Larry Schug:
A Rockwell-ish painting done with words.
Posted 07/02/2023 07:57 AM
Jonah:
baseball or cricket. popsicle or ice-lolly. the feelings are the same. well done Peter.
Posted 07/02/2023 05:26 AM


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