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The Call at Third Base
Barbara Lydecker Crane

As Pirates infielder Rudolpho Castro slid into third base, his cell phone shot out of his pocket.
He has appealed his suspension for violating Major League Baseball's electronic device policy.  

                                                                                                       —N.Y. Times, Aug. 16, 2022

I try to be a patient son
each time Ma rings me on the phone.
This time I blurted, "Gotta run!
I'll call you back when I get home."

This poem first appeared in Light Poems-of-the-Week (August, 2022).
Used here with permission.

Barbara Lydecker Crane is a Boston-based, award-winning poet and artist who likes to travel when the world permits. She loves grandchildren, crafts, watching the Red Sox on TV, and laughing with her husband of 50+ years. Barbara's is the author of four books: Zero Gravitas (White Violet Press), Alphabetricks (Daffydowndilly Press), BackWords Logic (Local Gems Press) and her newest, You Will Remember Me--sonnets in the imagined voices of artists through history (with many color reproductions).



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Wilda Morris:
Posted 03/23/2024 08:26 AM
Thank you for a poem that made me smile.
Posted 03/22/2024 08:05 AM
Fun and clever!
Posted 03/21/2024 09:59 PM
Lori Levy:
Posted 03/21/2024 04:52 PM
You don't have to be a baseball fan to love this wonderful poem!
Posted 03/21/2024 10:53 AM
Leslie Hodge:
So funny! Will share with my brother, a sports fan who likes only rhyming poems.
Posted 03/21/2024 10:15 AM
Tom Sharpe:
Funny, you never see a cell phone in a swimming pool, but every other inappropriate place. Like my hand too often.
Posted 03/21/2024 10:08 AM
Darrell Arnold:
Brilliant and funny. Nice job.
Posted 03/21/2024 09:11 AM
Thank you for my smile this morning.
Posted 03/21/2024 08:54 AM
Larry Schug:
Gimme baseball! These short poems work so well on this subject. I agree with Joan.
Posted 03/21/2024 08:06 AM
Joan Luther:
Clever, fun poem!
Posted 03/21/2024 07:20 AM

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