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Lamentation: California Angels, October 1986

By Jean Hastings Ardell

This article was published in the 2011 The National Pastime.

Baseball
timeless game of inches
precise geometric marvel
from dusty clay and grassy turf

The wonderful certainty 
of the final strike
but the gods mock—
it's over when it's over

Dreams of what might have been
linger, drifting through the dreams
and warming the bones of child-fans
who know better

But still, still
all winter long
wait for next year 

 

JEAN HASTINGS ARDELL lives in Corona Del Mar, California, where she works as a writer, editor, and teacher, with baseball a continuing subject of interest. She is author of "Breaking into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime" (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005), and received the Baseball Weekly/SABR award in 1999.

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