• lenten journal: spring training

    by  • March 1, 2013 • lenten journal, poetry • 7 Comments

    south of here the boys of summer
    are planting the seeds of spring
    thawing out their throwing arms
    weeding out all the errors they can
    practicing and pitching, stealing
    a little extra daylight each evening

    in a month they will head north
    (at least the ones I care about)
    along with daylight and daffodils
    to teach us again how to dream
    how to make a moment last forever
    and most of all how to fail gloriously

    in this story of heroes and heartbreak
    of what might be and almost was
    I find myself waiting and watching
    there is gospel in those grandstands
    and forgiveness in those fields
    ye who are weary come home



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    7 Responses to lenten journal: spring training

    1. Mary Ducey
      March 1, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Milton, you’ve gotta have faith. Go Sox! Mary

    2. March 1, 2013 at 11:11 pm


    3. March 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      For 20+ years, I have associated you with “Tell them what they’ve won, Milton / It’s the new Kiiiiimballlllllll piano.” The baseball lover and Jesus lover in me think that this poem may eventually replace that.

      • March 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm

        Thanks, Brendt. I still have a little of the old stuff in me, too.


    4. John Hutcheson
      March 10, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Wonderful to meet you tonight (at Lynnette and Sam’s). Your words were moving and inspirational. And, as I told you personally, this poem is especially meaningful. Despite your Sox proclivity, as a fan of THE evil empire, I believe such differences can be transcended. Honestly, I don’t think either of our teams are going to win the division this year.

      • March 11, 2013 at 12:44 am

        Thanks, John. It was great meeting you as well.


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