Saturday, June 18, 2005

Kickball

When we were kids we played kickball
in my parents' back yard
with those cheap plastic balls
you see in bins at grocery stores.

First base was a pine tree
(or a branch that it held)
We were both overcome
with some odd allergy.

And second was a spot
on the side of the pool
that always seemed to move
(and change all the rules)

Third base was usually
something unknown,
like a chair, or a stone,
or a red-headed gnome.

And home was between
the old apple tree,
and the bushes that always
flowered in spring.

This yard is still our kickball field.

Only now there's a garden
on the pitcher's mound,
and first base is a monster
taking over the town.

(Yes, even our ghost men have grown.)

The pool is now rusting
its way to extinct,
And that old apple tree,
that once marked home for me,
was cut down a long time ago.

5 Comments:

Blogger kev j daniel said...

i am enjoying your posts ... may i comment and begin a conversation...

odd for me to ask i know, however, this whole blogging thing, and recent seeming faux pauts have left me a little, shall we say, humbled about just jumping into conversation...

if givn the chance, the opportunity to study any three things, what would they be? lets say a genie in a bottle could fix timne and money so there was no effect on life of your choice?

odd question? yeah, but pointed... answer and i'll explain

June 18, 2005 8:04 PM  
Blogger kev j daniel said...

yeah, just once, first time, could you reply to my post...

June 18, 2005 8:05 PM  
Blogger Heidi Bloom said...

Any three things, huh? Are Literature and Creative Writing both categorized as studying English? I'd like to study Philosophy, Literature and Creative Writing, but if the last two fall under the same category, I still have to come up with a third.

June 19, 2005 4:22 PM  
Blogger Heidi Bloom said...

OK, I thought of a third. Music.

June 19, 2005 4:23 PM  
Blogger Heidi Bloom said...

Of course I also like Psychology, and I've always thought Pharmacology might be interesting. And then there's my love of animals to consider...

Do I have to pick just three?

June 19, 2005 7:17 PM  

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