Saturday in CinCity

Assignment #1: Write a Poem about Baseball and God

by Philip E. Burnham, Jr

And on the ninth day, God
In His infinite playfulness
Grass green grass, sky blue sky,
Separated the infield from the outfield,
Formed a skin of clay,
Assigned bases of safety
On cardinal points of the compass
Circling the mountain of deliverance,
Fashioned a wandering moon
From a horse, a string and a gum tree,
Tempered weapons of ash,
Made gloves from the golden skin of sacrificial bulls,
Set stars alight in the Milky Way,
Divided the descendants of Cain and Abel into contenders,
Declared time out, time in, stepped back,
And thundered over all of creation:
"Play ball!"


  1. Yippee! I love the poem so much! But I am so sad about Sparky.

    Some of my best memories with my dad were watching Tiger baseball, most of them before Sparky's time.

  2. A great poem! I have never read it before but will remember it now.

  3. Also declared that the Giant's shall not win the World Series until a black man is president.

  4. A beautiful poem for one of God's greatest players. Sparky will be missed.

  5. LOVED Sparky....mean it! smiles.

  6. Great poem about a wonderful person.


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