I love, love, love baseball! Today was one of my favorite days of the year, Opening Day at Coors Field. I didn't go, it was a day game and I was working, but I am going tomorrow night. And then again next Friday. Tonight's poem, "Recipe for Opening Day," was inspired by Ralph Fletcher's poem, How to Bake a Flower. If you don't know that poem, you definitely need to give it a read!
Recipe for Opening Day
Take one sunny, blue-sky, spring day,
Add green, cross-hatched field
Edge in 90-foot chalk lines,
Sprinkle to hold down dust.
Carefully place two dozen pin-striped players,
A crowd of purple clad spectators,
A hundred or so straw-hatted ushers
And a chorus of vendors,
“Peanuts, get your peanuts,”
“Beer, cold beer here.”
Fold in a foil-wrapped hot dog
Thoroughly covered with mustard and pickle relish,
And chopped onion as desired,
Add a bag of peanuts and a coke on the side.
Season with crack of bat on ball
Cheers of crowd,
Seventh inning stretch.
Simmer on low three to four hours,
Finish with a pink cityscape sunset.
(c) Carol Wilcox, 2022