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1-SEP, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Like christmas; my gift's
Last Line: Glows, searching for %a trick
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


1920, WHEN CARL MAYS BEANS RAY CHAPMAN, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: The stranger, not here, not now
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


1960, THE YEAR HOOK HANSEN OWNED THE CAFE, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: No phosphates %nothing from the grill
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


1973, BUZZING OVER YANKEE STADIUM, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: To rise above the plane's drone
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


400-METER FREESTYLE, by MAXINE W. KUMIN                    Poet's Biography
First Line: The gun full swing the swimmer catapults and
Alternate Author Name(s): Kumin, Maxine
Subject(s): Sports; Swimming & Swimmers


400-METER FREESTYLE, by MAXINE W. KUMIN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The gun full swing the swimmer catapults and
Last Line: Near one more and makes its final surge
Alternate Author Name(s): Kumin, Maxine
Subject(s): Sports; Swimming


4TH BASE, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Decked out in flannels and gripping my mitt
Last Line: Covered their eyes, and mumbled, and wouldn't look at me
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


A BALLADE OF LAWN TENNIS, by FRANKLIN PIERCE ADAMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Some gain a universal fame
Last Line: I like the game of tennis best.
Alternate Author Name(s): F. P. A.
Subject(s): Games; Sports; Tennis; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


A CAREER, by BERTON BRALEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Too long I've been dubbing away at the game
Last Line: I'm taking up golf in a serious way!
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


A COLLEGE BREAKFAST-PARTY, by MARY ANN EVANS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Young hamlet, not the hesitating dane
Last Line: And leave the soul in wider emptiness.
Alternate Author Name(s): Eliot, George; Cross, Marian Lewes; Evans, Marian; Ann, Mary
Subject(s): College Sports; Food & Eating; Parties; Philosophy & Philosophers; Shakespeare - Hamlet


A CREW POEM, by EDWARD AUGUSTUS BLOUNT JR.    Poem Text                
First Line: So happy were columbia's eight
Last Line: The cock-swain almost crew.
Subject(s): College Sports; Columbia University; Rowing


A CRICKET BOWLER, by EDWARD CRACROFT LEFROY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Two minutes' rest till the next man goes in
Last Line: And the mid-stump three somersaults in air.
Subject(s): Cricket (game); Sports


A FOOL THERE WAS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: A fool there was, and he made his prayer,
Last Line: (even as you and I!)
Subject(s): Baseball; Fools; Gambling; Sports; Idiots; Wagering; Betting


A GAME OF TENNIS, by RAY CLARKE ROSE    Poem Text                
First Line: The court is rolled, the net is set
Last Line: "and cry: ""come, help me find her!"
Subject(s): Love; Puns; Sports; Tennis


A LESSON FROM GOLF, by EDGAR ALBERT GUEST    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He couldn't use his driver any better on the tee
Last Line: For the man who keeps his temper is the man that's sure to win.
Alternate Author Name(s): Guest, Eddie
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


A SKATER, by MARION STROBEL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You who wear battle grey
Last Line: Only lovliness! Only lovliness!
Alternate Author Name(s): Mitchell, James Herbert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Skating & Skaters; Sports


A SKATING SONG, by EPHRAIM PEABODY    Poem Text                
First Line: Away! Away! Our fires stream bright
Last Line: There is the place for me.
Variant Title(s): The Skater's Song
Subject(s): Skating & Skaters; Sports


A SUMMER SERMON FOR MEN, by OLIVER MARBLE    Poem Text                
First Line: I have fought a good fight,' the parson said, his weekly text declaring
Last Line: Felt of his muscle on the sly — and felt like god's anointed!
Subject(s): Baseball; Games; Play; Sermons; Sports; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


A SURVEY OF THE AMPHITHEATRE, by MOSES BROWNE    Poem Text                
First Line: On, pegasus! Why, whither turn ye?
Last Line: To die—but get their living by't.
Subject(s): Fights; Italian Renaissance; Sports - Arenas & Stadia; Theater & Theaters; Travel; Stage Life; Journeys; Trips


A TRANSCRIPTION, by EDMUND CHARLES BLUNDEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This young man comes from your way, tom
Last Line: "there's nothen now for nobody, only sorrow."
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): Grief; Home; Nostalgia; Sports; Sorrow; Sadness


ADVANTAGES OF BEING A WORLD-CLASS ATHLETE, by ANTHONY LACAVARO    Poem Source                
First Line: In the end, when the doctors circle around
Last Line: One foot appears to be larger than the other'
Subject(s): Sports


AESTHETICS, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Invisible in her dark lectures %I'd see my prof's eyes
Last Line: When she'd say, 'god, that's a gorgeous slide'
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


AFRICAN JUMP BALL, by AFAA MICHAEL WEAVER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Can you dribble? Aw, man, you can't dribble
Last Line: See there, we done set the net on fire
Alternate Author Name(s): Weaver, Michael S.
Subject(s): Basketball; Friendship; Sports


AFTER A GAME OF SQUASH, by SAM ALBERT    Poem Source                
First Line: And I thought of how impossibly alone we were
Subject(s): Sports


AFTER READING THE GREAT AMERICAN MARBLE BOOK, by MICHAEL CLEARY    Poem Source                
First Line: Ring taw? Ringer? Chasies
Subject(s): Games; Sports


AFTERBURNER, by JR. CHARLES R. SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: Like the sound %of st-st-staccato drums
Last Line: From my afterburner
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


AGAINST ALL ODDS, by ROBERT L. HARRISON    Poem Source                
First Line: The age of 'magic'
Last Line: The final point %is made
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


ALL HAIL TO A NIGHT, by WILLIAM DOUW LIGHTHALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: All hail to a night when the stars ...'
Alternate Author Name(s): Schuyler-lighthall, William Douw
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


ALL-GIRL RODEO, 1959, by DAN LAMBERTON    Poem Source                
First Line: My mother wore red-leather riding boots
Last Line: As ours, where, in shades of bunch grass, cloud and granite,%their own wild horses would be strainin
Subject(s): Rodeos; Women In Sports


ALLEGIANCE, by FORREST HAMER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I loved the supremes as much as baseball
Last Line: And your whole team holding you responsible
Subject(s): Sports


ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF, by JR. CHARLES R. SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: They call me
Last Line: Names they call me
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


ALONE ON EARTH, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He turned up at the baseball park--
Last Line: And all alone on earth!
Subject(s): Baseball; Friendship; Solitude; Sports; Loneliness


ALWAYS AND STILL THE LITTLE GUY, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: I %bring %the %ball
Last Line: M e %h o t. %you %burn
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


AMERICA WITHOUT BASEBALL, by PHILIP DACEY    Poem Source                
First Line: When baseball died
Last Line: And felt for the first time %released into free agency
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; United States


AMERICANS PLAYING SLOW-PITCH SOFTBALL AT AN AIRBASE ..., by HALVARD JOHNSON    Poem Source                
First Line: Early september %the first game of
Last Line: Don't look back. Something may be %gaining on you.'
Subject(s): Army Life; Baseball; Korean War, 1950-1953; Sports


AN IMPROMPTU ON ROLLER SKATES, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Rumble, tumble, growl and grate!
Last Line: On your glittering vertebrae!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Skating & Skaters; Sports


ANALYSIS OF BASEBALL, by MAY SWENSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It's about %the ball
Last Line: Home, and it's %about run
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


AND THE RIVER GATHERED AROUND US, by DON ALLEN JOHNSON    Poem Source                
First Line: After they wheeled away the town
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ANDY STANKIEWICZ, YANKEE ROOKIE, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Hooray for the bright neon swing
Last Line: Making a comeback for andy stankiewicz
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


ANGLING, A DAY, by GALWAY KINNELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Though day is just breaking / when we fling two nightcrawlers
Subject(s): Sports


ANGLING, A DAY, by GALWAY KINNELL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Though day is just breaking %when we fling two nightcrawlers
Last Line: There are days when you don't catch anything
Subject(s): Sports


ANNOUNCER, by AUSTIN STRAUS    Poem Source                
First Line: Makes up the game
Subject(s): Sports


ANTHEM, by STEPHEN VINCENT    Poem Source                
First Line: America, if you were a basketball court
Subject(s): Sports


ANTHROPOLOGY: CRICKET AT KANO, by STEWART BROWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Cerulean and jet, the tuareg
Last Line: Centuries old, our rootlessness %a fragile bond that will not bear embrace
Subject(s): Cricket (game); Nigeria; Sports; Travel


ARCHERY INSTRUCTOR, by RICHARD ALDRIDGE    Poem Source                
First Line: My boys walk down the range intent to find
Subject(s): Sports


ARCHIVES; COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., by MICHAEL S. HARPER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Photos and clippings fade; / no one can find a real signature
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ARCHIVES; COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., by MICHAEL S. HARPER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Photos and clippings fade; %no one can find a real signature
Last Line: But endorsements, turnstyles. %'let's play two'
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ARGUMENT ONE: THE LADY SHEWS HOW SHE IS FORSAKEN, by JUDITH JOHNSON SHERWIN    Poem Source                
First Line: Now, put me near your chess
Subject(s): Sports


ARMCHAIR GOLFER, OR WHIMPERS OF A SHORTCHANGED VIEWER, by OGDEN NASH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It's thirty-five miles from chesapeake bay
Last Line: Just be grateful you're there for the final four, %and the hell with the first fourteen
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


ART OF BASEBALL POETRY, by MIKE SHANNON    Poem Source                
First Line: A baseball poem should be high and tight
Last Line: Calisthenics in the arizona sun and a bird dog in the bushes. %a baseball poem should be %poetry
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ASSIMILATION, by HARVEY SHAPIRO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Carl hubbell, a pitcher for the giants
Last Line: It has nothing to do with shined shoes %and slicked-down hair
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


AT LORD'S [CRICKET GROUND], by FRANCIS THOMPSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It is little I repair to the matches of the southron folk
Last Line: O my hornby and my barlow long ago!
Subject(s): Cricket (game); Sports


AT PENN STATION THE TEAM BOARDS THE YANKEE SPECIAL, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: At the mercy of the stars
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


AT THE BALL GAME, by WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The crowd at the ball game
Last Line: Permanently, seriously %without thought
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


AT THE HOUSE OF GHOSTS, by ADRIAN C. LOUIS    Poem Source                
First Line: I'm back after twenty years of baiting the trap of the past. This is where I
Last Line: The world awaits him as it once awaited me
Subject(s): Native Americans; San Francisco; Sports


AT THE NIGHT GAME (FLUSHING, QUEENS), by MICHAEL COFFEY    Poem Source                
First Line: Like lyrics from a lost land
Last Line: Love is a distant whisper %and a listening in
Subject(s): Games; Queens, New York City; Sports


ATHLETE, by JAMES HUMPHREY    Poem Source                
First Line: Since I was 8, all I wanted in life
Last Line: A lost tribe, confined to isolate areas %speaking entirely to itself
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


AUTUMN BEGINS IN MARTINS FERRY, OHIO, by JAMES WRIGHT    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the shreve high football stadium
Last Line: And gallop terribly against each other's bodies
Alternate Author Name(s): Wright, James A.
Subject(s): Autumn; Education; Football; Industry; Labor And Laborers; Schools; Seasons; Sports


BABE & LOU, by FRANZ DOUSKEY    Poem Source                
First Line: When babe hit
Subject(s): Sports


BABE DIDRIKSON, by GRANTLAND RICE    Poem Source                
First Line: From the high jump of olympic fame
Subject(s): Didrikson, Babe (1913-1956); Sports - Women


BABE RUTH, by ALFRED DAMON RUNYON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He's no apollo belvedere
Alternate Author Name(s): Runyon, Damon
Subject(s): Sports


BACK AGAIN, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The scribe returns from training camp,
Last Line: "comes that one chant, ""how do they look?"
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Sports


BAD SPORT, by BETH KALIKOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Prairie women quilted
Subject(s): Sports


BALL GAME, by RICHARD GHORMLEY EBERHART    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Caught off first, he leaped to run to second, but
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BALL POEM, by JOHN BERRYMAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What is the boy now, who has lost his ball
Last Line: With all that move me, under the water %or whistling, I am not a little boy
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, John, Jr.
Subject(s): Sports


BALLAD OF DEAD YANKEES, by DONALD PETERSEN    Poem Source                
First Line: Where's babe ruth, the king of swat
Last Line: For all of these, the early dead, %who've gone where no ovations are
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BALLADE OF CRICKET, by ANDREW LANG    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The burden of hard hitting: slog away!
Last Line: "this is the end of every man's desire!"
Subject(s): Cricket (game); Sports


BALLADE OF THE GOLFER IN LOVE, by CLINTON SCOLLARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the 'foursome' some would fain
Last Line: "haste and play a quiet ""twosome""!"
Subject(s): Golf; Love; Sports


BANTAM LEAGUE, by CALEB CORKERY    Poem Source                
First Line: My brother's jacket reads: tim
Last Line: Put one back, %practiced
Subject(s): Brotherhood; Ice; Sports


BASE STEALER, by ROBERT FRANCIS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Poised between going on and back, pulled
Last Line: He's only flirting, crowd him, crowd him %delicate, delicate, delicate, delicate - now!
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL, by THOMAS WILLARD CLARK    Poem Source                
First Line: One day when I was studying with stan musial, he pointed out
Last Line: That is, one may choose the kind of pitch one wants. There %is no ball
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark, Tom
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL, by DAVE ETTER    Poem Source                
First Line: We stand for 'the star-spangled banner.' the home-plate umpire
Last Line: Third-base foul line
Subject(s): Baseball; Flags - United States; Sports


BASEBALL, by ROBERT GIBB    Poem Source                
First Line: Vivaldi would have loved it
Last Line: Violin and violin echo, %across the outside of the plate
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL, by PAUL HOOVER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When the world finally ends
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL, by PAUL HOOVER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When the world finally ends
Last Line: Love's green mounument still, %at two in the afternoon
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL, by GAIL MAZUR    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The game of baseball is not a metaphor
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL, by LINDA PASTAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When you tried to tell me
Subject(s): Sports


BASEBALL, by LINDA PASTAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When you tried to tell me
Last Line: And you said: that's it. %yes
Subject(s): Sports


BASEBALL AND CLASSICISM, by THOMAS WILLARD CLARK    Poem Source                
First Line: Every day I peruse the box scores for hours
Last Line: The day she went 5 for 5 against vic raschi
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark, Tom
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL AND WRITING, by MARIANNE MOORE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Fanaticism? No. Writing is exciting
Subject(s): Sports


BASEBALL AND WRITING, by MARIANNE MOORE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Fanaticism? No. Writing is exciting
Last Line: Your stars are muscled like the lion
Subject(s): Sports


BASEBALL AS A FACT OF LIFE, by CHARLES LAURENCE NORTH    Poem Source                
First Line: A simulated pie crust of poured concrete, with pitchfork marks
Last Line: #name?
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL BY THE OLD, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "this is the time of the year, my boys"
Last Line: The gray - head who would play baseball!
Subject(s): Baseball;games;play;spectator (periodical);sports; Recreation;pastimes;amusements


BASEBALL CANTO, by LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Watching baseball
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL CANTO, by LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Watching baseball
Last Line: In the territorio libre of baseball
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL CARDS, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: That first baseball card I saw myself
Last Line: I say %I was
Subject(s): Baseball; Baseball Cards; Sports


BASEBALL PLAYERS, by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Against the bright
Last Line: Waits %under the footbridge
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL PLAYERS WAIT, by BOBBY BYRD    Poem Source                
First Line: In the dudley dome
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL'S SAD LEXICON, by FRANKLIN PIERCE ADAMS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: These are the saddest of possible words
Alternate Author Name(s): F. P. A.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: DIVING COMEDY, by ROBERT A. FINK    Poem Source                
First Line: You count on it [baseball]
Last Line: He charts, with glee, %the multifoliate levels of the wind
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 1, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Baseball, I warrant, is not the whole
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 1, by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Baseball, I warrant, is not the whole
Last Line: Her cheekbones cool water; water flows %in her rapid hair. I drink water
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 7, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Quickly exhaust this night of farewell
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 7, by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Quickly exhaust this night of farewell
Last Line: To add two teams. Therefore minor league %playerrs will advance all too quickly
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 8, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With boys in the bigs who wouldn't have
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 8, by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With boys in the bigs who wouldn't have
Last Line: Kurt, I get the notion that you were %another who never discarded
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 9, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Anything, a keeper from way back
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 9, by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Anything, a keeper from way back
Last Line: A collage. Ongoing life became %material for kurtschwitters ball
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASKET COUNTS: THREE, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Minutes as I move around her moving body
Last Line: Shot foul line: one and two %is %always %three
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


BASKET CATCH, by BART SCHNEIDER    Poem Source                
First Line: It was in '58, the year they moved out
Subject(s): Sports


BASKET COUNTS: FIVE, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Fingers on each %hand
Last Line: In circle together. T h e y are my t e a m
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


BASKET COUNTS: FOUR, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Short %quarters and four points b e h I n d
Last Line: End of the team bench
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


BASKET COUNTS: ONE, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Boy %on foul line
Last Line: The %single %one point %score
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


BASKET COUNTS: TWO, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Points for my team
Last Line: Two %points for my team
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


BASKETBALL, by LOUIS JENKINS    Poem Source                
First Line: A huge summer afternoon with no sign of rain...Elm trees in the farm
Last Line: Horizon
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


BASKETBALL SEASON BEGINS, by NORBERT KRAPF    Poem Source                
First Line: Except for the throng
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


BASKETBALL: A LOVE SONG BECAUSE IT IS, by TOM MESCHERY    Poem Source                
First Line: I will always remember
Last Line: Backspinning beauty through the net
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


BASKETBALL: A RETROSPECTIVE, by STEPHEN ELLIOTT DUNN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My ethics were %a good pair of hands
Last Line: Could thread a needle
Alternate Author Name(s): Dunn, Stephen
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


BATHERS, by KARL SHAPIRO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Man and woman, they enter the sea
Subject(s): Sports


BEAN TOWN SAGAS: 14. IN COLD FIELDS, by THOMAS SHEEHAN    Poem Source                
First Line: They left us then
Last Line: We long ball hitters
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BECAUSE DUST DELIVERS EACH DROP OF RAIN, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Billy knows %there's a point in ricky's steal
Last Line: Cold headfirst slide
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


BEFORE MY MOTHER YELLS HER DINNER INVITATION, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Even %before my father is ready to check my homework
Last Line: For the post %game %in ter view s
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


BIG GIRL MUST HAVE MOVED, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Out of the far north woods
Last Line: Into the very h a r d %w o o d f l o o r
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


BIG SISTER, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: S h e can run fast
Last Line: Realiza tion %of %g a m e
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


BIG SIX, by THOM ROSS    Poem Source                
First Line: Christy mathewson stepped out of the centerfield clubhouse
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BILLY COULD RIDE, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O the way that billy could ride!
Last Line: "but o the way that billy can ride!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Sports


BILLY COULD RIDE, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Billy was born for a horse's back
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Sports


BILLY MARTIN, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Haggard but anchored by a scowl
Last Line: To cover up %the places you've been
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


BILLY RAY SMITH, by OGDEN NASH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Who's been squashing billy ray smith?
Subject(s): Sports


BIRTH OF THE SNOWSHOE, by SAMUEL MATHEWSON BAYLIS    Poem Source                
First Line: Time the red-man had dominion
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


BIRTHDAY ON THE BEACH, by OGDEN NASH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At another year
Last Line: Except when I jog %I joggle
Subject(s): Aging; Sports


BLACK FROST, by MARTIE MCCLEERY PALAR    Poem Source                
First Line: Losing the sky, that pale blue feeling of leaving
Last Line: Etched with the endless brocade messages of black frost
Subject(s): Sports


BLACK HAIR, by GARY SOTO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At eight I was brilliant with my body
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; Sports; United States - Race Relations


BLACK HAIR, by GARY SOTO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At eight I was brilliant with my body
Last Line: To the arms of brown people
Subject(s): Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; Sports; U.s. - Race Relations


BLACK LADY IN AN AFRO HIARDO CHEERS FOR CASSIUS, by R. ERNEST HOLMES    Poem Source                
First Line: Honey-hued beauty, you are
Subject(s): Sports


BLUES FOR BENNY KID PARET, by DAVE SMITH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: For years I've watched the corners for signs
Last Line: To dump you dizzied and dreaming in the green grass
Subject(s): Boxing And Boxers; Paret, Benny Kid; Sports


BODY, by MAXINE SCATES    Poem Source                
First Line: When in interviewed for my first job %as an usherette at the fabulous forum
Last Line: After all, I was a forum girl
Subject(s): Sports - Arenas And Stadia; Women


BODY AN SOUL, by B. H. FAIRCHILD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Half-numb, guzzling bourbon and coke from coffee mugs
Last Line: And blue-eyed bringer of truth, who will not easily be forgiven
Variant Title(s): Body And Sou
Subject(s): Sports


BOMB, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Time slows %one frame at a time
Last Line: Cleated black nike paws dirt %like a bull's challenge
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BOTTOM OF THE NINTH, by PATTY SEYBURN    Poem Source                
First Line: Stan drove a fly ball to deep centerfield
Last Line: To see the ball committing its inexorable arc
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BOXING MATCH, by DAVID IGNATOW    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Am I really a sports fan, I ask myself
Last Line: And I am glad for him %and admire him
Subject(s): Sports


BOXING TOWARDS MY BIRTH, by JACK DRISCOLL    Poem Source                
First Line: My mother wanted to name me after an irish thinker
Last Line: Towards the anger of that first punch %I aimed so willingly at myself
Subject(s): Sports


BOY IS KNOCKING, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: Of babe's black, shiny hair
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


BOY JUGGLING A SOCCER BALL, by CHRISTOPHER MERRILL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: After practice: right foot %to left foot, stepping forward and back
Last Line: As he wanders, on the last day %of summer, around the empty field
Subject(s): Soccer; Sports


BOYHOOD BASEBALL, by ROGER GRANET    Poem Source                
First Line: At bat, in bed, beneath the
Last Line: To be summer star far into the night
Subject(s): Sports


BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Sat down with the old-timers
Last Line: And ordered some more decaf %told no stories
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BRIGGS STADIUM, by LAWRENCE PIKE    Poem Source                
First Line: While hank greenberg was out fighting japs
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BRONCO BUSTING, EVENT #1, by MAY SWENSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The stall so tight he can't raise heels or knees
Subject(s): Americans; Sports; United States; America


BRONCO BUSTING, EVENT #1, by MAY SWENSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The stall so tight he can't raise heels or knees
Last Line: A horn squawks. Up from the dust gets a buster named tucson
Subject(s): Americans; Sports; United States


BROOKLYN, by JR. CHARLES R. SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: In the county of kings %defense rules
Last Line: But defense %still rules
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


BROWN BOMBER, by SAM CORNISH    Poem Source                
First Line: Fist: joe louis the brown
Last Line: Fighting from radio to radio
Subject(s): African Americans; Boxing And Boxers; Louis, Joe (1914-1981); Sports


BUDDHISTS HAVE THE BALL FIELD, by JAMES TATE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: Begins. It would have been called anyway, they %think suddenly
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BULL AND THE PICADOR, by JOSE ZORILLA    Poem Source                
First Line: Pawing the earth, and snorting in his
Last Line: His shoulder bleeding, the great crowd in
Subject(s): Bullfights And Bullfighters; Spain; Sports - Arenas And Stadia


BULL RIDER'S ADVICE, by DAVID ALLAN EVANS    Poem Source                
First Line: What I'm saying is
Subject(s): Sports


BULL-DOG!, by COLE PORTER    Poem Source                
First Line: Bull-dog! Bull-dog! Bow, wow, wow, eli yale
Subject(s): Music, Popular; Sports; Yale University


BULLHEAD, by JOHN ENGELS    Poem Source                
First Line: Sprawled belly-down on the damp planks, %the breath squeezed in my chest
Last Line: In my gullet, the tongue %in my mouth like a worm
Subject(s): Sports


BUS DEPOT REUNION, by DAVID ALLAN EVANS    Poem Source                
First Line: Just over the edge
Subject(s): Sports


BYRON VS. DIMAGGIO, by PETER MEINKE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Yesterday I was told
Last Line: Have to admit that dimag played %sweet music %out there in the magic grass %of center field
Subject(s): Baseball; Byron, George Gordon, Lord (1788-1824); Dimaggio, Joseph ("joe"); Poetry And Poets; Sports


CALLED SHOT HOME RUN, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: The cubs leading by a sneer
Last Line: Breathing forever and ever %into box scores
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


CALLED UP: TINKER TO EVERS TO CHANCE, by DOROTHY BARRESI    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In three weeks he will be back down talking %drunk in the econo lodge
Last Line: Then runs down the dugout steps and out of sight
Subject(s): Sports


CALLING, by JUDY KATZ-LEVINE    Poem Source                
First Line: Falling asleep in the aftenoon
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CANADIAN WINTER SONG, by WILLIAM WYE SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: I sing you a song of canadian winter
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


CAPPER KAPLINSKI AT THE NORTH SIDE CUE CLUB, by HAYDEN CARRUTH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What's it like? You take it from me
Last Line: We're playing or ain't we?
Subject(s): Billiards; Life; Sports


CAREER, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: It seems like yesterday %it seems like never
Last Line: It seems like yesterday %it seems like never
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CARLISLE FOOTBALL SONG, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Our fathers, heap long time ago
Last Line: Us maul each pale-faced sinner!
Subject(s): College Sports; Football; Singing & Singers


CASEY - TWENTY YEARS LATER, by S. P. MCDONALD    Poem Text                
First Line: The bugville team was surely up against a rocky game
Last Line: "I'm mighty casey who struck out just twenty years ago."
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CASEY AT THE BAT (1), by ERNEST LAWRENCE THAYER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It looked extremely rocky for the mudville nine that day
Last Line: But there is no joy in mudville -- mighty casey has struck out.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CASEY AT THE BAT (2), by ERNEST LAWRENCE THAYER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The outlook wasn't brilliant for the mudville nine that day
Last Line: But there is no joy in mudville -- mighty casey has struck out.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CASEY'S DAUGHTER AT THE BAT, by AL GRAHAM    Poem Source                
First Line: The outlook wasn't brilliant for the mudvillettes, it seems
Subject(s): Sports


CASEY'S REVENGE; A REPLY TO 'CASEY AT THE BAT', by JAMES WILSON (19TH CENTURY)    Poem Text                
First Line: There were saddened hearts in mudville
Last Line: But mudville hearts are happy now -- for casey hit the ball!
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CATCH, by RAYMOND CARVER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Happy to have these fish
Last Line: He abandoned everyone %he once loved
Subject(s): Sports


CATCH, by ROBERT FRANCIS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Two boys uncoached are tossing a poem together
Subject(s): Language; Men; Sports


CATCH, by ETHNA MCKIERNAN    Poem Source                
First Line: I imagine us dancing, a mexican ballroom somewhere
Last Line: Like a school of tiny iridescent fish %(darling, take my heart) %you sing at last
Subject(s): Sports


CATCHER AND SON AT GROSSINGER HOTEL AND COUNTRY CLUB, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: The flurries against the hotel
Last Line: His catcher's mitt
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


CAUGHT, by GASTON DUBOIS    Poem Source                
First Line: I stand beside the sea and cast
Subject(s): Sports


CENTER FIELD, by RICHARD JACKSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I don't think it will ever come down
Last Line: To turn towards home as the night falls, as the ball, %as the loves, the deaths we grab for our own
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CHAIR LIFT, by MAXINE W. KUMIN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Nobody holds your hand up there
Last Line: And then, with a whir, you're off at the top
Alternate Author Name(s): Kumin, Maxine
Subject(s): Sports


CHANNEL-STANE, by JOHN USHER    Poem Source                
First Line: Up! Curlers, up! Oor freen' john frost
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


CHEAP SEATS, THE CINCINNATI GARDENS, PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL, 1959, by WILLIAM MATTHEWS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The less we paid, the more we climbed. Tendrils
Alternate Author Name(s): Matthews, William Procter
Subject(s): Sports


CHEAP SEATS, THE CINCINNATI GARDENS, PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL, 1959, by WILLIAM MATTHEWS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The less we paid, the more we climbed. Tendrils
Last Line: With noise, unlike the kind I had at home %with no clock running down, and mirrors
Alternate Author Name(s): Matthews, William Procter
Subject(s): Sports


CHIN MUSIC, by ALAN SOLDOFSKY    Poem Source                
First Line: The high hard one - up
Last Line: Bravado among cars, tempting fate, %standing in while everything %comes at them headlong
Subject(s): Sports


CHINESE CHECKERS, by ARLEEN COHEN    Poem Source                
First Line: The dragons
Subject(s): Sports


CHOSING CRAFT, by MAY SWENSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Striped equilateral sails
Subject(s): Sports


CHRISTMAS HUNTER, by CLINTON SCOLLARD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With blare of horn and holloa
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


CHRISTMAS IN THE FOREST, by ALOYSIUS COLL    Poem Source                
First Line: Softer than footfalls cushioned in the deep
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


CITY BLOOD AND COUNTRY JAY, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Clarence percy smith de vere / was a youth of high degree
Last Line: Pays to learn his name is mud
Subject(s): Country Life;grief;pity;sports; Sorrow;sadness


CITY SPRING, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Early on saturday %morning
Last Line: That %hang %from %hoops
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


CLASS A, SALEM, THE ROOKIE LEAGUE, by GARY FINCKE    Poem Source                
First Line: We were drinking for free, bumming beers
Last Line: Like athletes, setting our last story %deep as we could in the farm system
Subject(s): Sports


CLASS OF '80, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Don't have to read the alumni news to know
Last Line: The goddamn alumni news %takes note
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CLEAN, by LANCE NEWMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Break, kid. You get one chance
Subject(s): Sports


CLIPPER SEED, by EDWIN L. SABIN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, for the winters that used to be!
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


CLOSING OF THE RODEO, by WILLIAM JAY SMITH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The lariat snaps, the cowboy rolls
Last Line: Good-bye, say the barber poles. %dark drum the vanishing horses' hooves
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers; Rodeos; Sports


CLOTHESPINS, by STUART JOHN DYBEK    Poem Source                
First Line: I once hit clothespins
Subject(s): Sports


CO-OPERATION, by RUTH COMFORT MITCHELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He had not made the team. The ultimate moment
Last Line: This was his victory: he had made the team!
Alternate Author Name(s): Young, Sanborn, Mrs.
Variant Title(s): Revelation
Subject(s): Sports


COACH GOES DOWN THE HALL WONDERING WHERE ALL THE MEN WENT, by JACK ROGERS RIDL    Poem Source                
First Line: Where are they, for christ's sake
Last Line: Feels an urge to throw an elbow, %trip anyone driving for the hoop
Subject(s): Basketball - Coaching; Sports


COACH ON VACATION, by JACK ROGERS RIDL    Poem Source                
First Line: Swathed in number 4 coppertone, coach
Last Line: He can hear the catcalls-- 'you're %a bum, coach. You're a lousy bum.'
Subject(s): Basketball - Coaching; Sports


COACH SITS IN CHURCH DRAWING, by JACK ROGERS RIDL    Poem Source                
First Line: In two days, it'll be wampton high
Subject(s): Basketball - Coaching; Sports


COASTING DOWN THE HILL, by WILLIAM MCKENDREE CARLETON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There's a glory in the speeding of a horse
Alternate Author Name(s): Carleton, Will
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


COBB WOULD HAVE CAUGHT IT, by ROBERT STUART FITZGERALD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In sunburnt parks where sundays lie
Last Line: Cool reek of the field. Reek of companions
Subject(s): Baseball; Cobb, Ty (1886-1961); Sports


COBB'S MEMORIES, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: A few more weeks, and tyrus cobb will be
Last Line: Supreme—awhile—then dropped beside the road?
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Cobb, Ty (1886-1961); Middle Age; Sports


COEFFICIENTS OF EXPANSION (A GUIDE TO THE INFANT SEASON), by OGDEN NASH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What happened in the hot stove league last winter?
Last Line: Not intended .. To express for aforementioned expansion said lifelong fan's enthusiasm, approval, or
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


COLONEL TIL, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: We have seen scores of magnates come
Last Line: Colonel til!
Subject(s): Baseball; Farewell; Praise; Sports; Sportsmanship; War; Parting


COMPANY, by BERTON BRALEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm in a fair way to go mad
Last Line: Just putter there!
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


COMPARATIVE THEOLOGY, by LARRY MOFFI    Poem Source                
First Line: He is a lesson in theology
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


COMPETITION, by STEPHEN ELLIOTT DUNN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Because he played games seriously %and therefore knew grace
Last Line: To them, how to agree, %ever, about dignity and fairness?
Alternate Author Name(s): Dunn, Stephen
Subject(s): Basketball; Competition; Sports


CONNOISSEUR'S GUIDE TO THE BAY AREA: 9. TRAFFIC HEAVY AND VERY SLOW, by GILBERT SORRENTINO    Poem Source                
First Line: The stars are being pitched into
Last Line: Of vast machines always alert
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers; Baseball; Games; Sports; Traffic


CONTEST, by SUSAN BRIGHT    Poem Source                
First Line: I let roots pull foot tendons
Subject(s): Sports


COUNTRY SLEIGHING (2), by EDMUND CLARENCE STEDMAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Push back the tables, and from the stables
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


COUPLET, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When the tall puffy
Variant Title(s): Old Timers' Day
Subject(s): Aging; Baseball; Sports


COUPLET, by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When the tall puffy
Last Line: Among shades the shadow %of achilles
Variant Title(s): Old Timers' Da
Subject(s): Aging; Baseball; Sports


COVERING FIRST, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: After you've thrown your pitch
Last Line: And throw the ball further outside %next time
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CRICKET, by CLINTON SCOLLARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Cricket, chirring in the autumn twilight
Last Line: Fare forth singing!
Subject(s): Cricket (game); Mortality; Sports


CRICKET; AN HEROIC POEM, SELECTION, by JAMES DANCE    Poem Text                
First Line: When the returning sun begins to smile
Last Line: And often grasps the well-disputed prize.
Alternate Author Name(s): Love, James
Subject(s): Balls; Sports


CRIMINAL, by STEPHEN ELLIOTT DUNN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: One woman has nothing out of place
Last Line: The other can't control her face
Alternate Author Name(s): Dunn, Stephen
Subject(s): Sports


CROSS PATCH, by HORACE HOLLEY    Poem Text                
First Line: Her ardent spirit ran beyond her years
Last Line: All hearts meet at last.
Subject(s): Horseback Riding; Women In Sports


CRYING UNCLE, by TOM HANSEN    Poem Source                
First Line: Uncle fred never gave up
Subject(s): Sports


CURLER'S ELEGY, by ROBERT BURNS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When winter muffles up his cloak
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


CURLERS AT DUSK, by DAVID RODERICK    Poem Source                
First Line: At first we look like nomads plodding %against wind, black-booted, fur-clad
Last Line: Across ice, our shadows yoked %in the low arc of the fading light
Subject(s): Curling (sport); Sports


CURLING SONG, by HENRY DUNCAN    Poem Source                
First Line: The music o' the year is hush'd
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


CURLING SONG, by NORMAN+(2) MACLEOD    Poem Source                
First Line: A' nicht it was freezin,' a' nicht I was
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


CURT FLOOD, by TIM PEELER    Poem Source                
First Line: Try to tell 'em curt
Last Line: Your smokey gray eyes %are two extra zeroes %on every contract
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CUSTOM, by CAROL FROST    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As if it had forgotten everything - hatred, vindictiveness, the
Last Line: The assembly roared Ė by his actions they knew they knew better who they are
Subject(s): Sports


CUSTOM, by CAROL FROST    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As if it had forgotten everything - hatred, vindictiveness, the
Last Line: The assembly roared - by his actions they knew they knew better who they were
Subject(s): Sports


DA GREATA BASEBALL, by THOMAS AUGUSTINE DALY    Poem Source                
First Line: Oh! Great game ees baseball
Alternate Author Name(s): Daly, T. A.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


DARKENING HILLS, by MICHAEL CAREY    Poem Source                
First Line: It went on longer than anyone thought possible. During full regulation
Last Line: Hills
Variant Title(s): The Distant Hill
Subject(s): Football; Games; Sports - Arenas And Stadia


DARTMOUTH'S WINTER CAMPS, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: When we're crowdin' to the fireside up at
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


DAUGHTER OF THE SNOW, by MADISON JULIUS CAWEIN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Though the panther's footprints show
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


DAVE AT SUNDOWN, by CATHERINE BOWMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: There's a caliche pit not far from here
Last Line: Out for test flights: slow and prehistoric, %petroglyphs of winged jaguars come to life
Subject(s): Sports


DAVID CLEEK, by SIEGFRIED SASSOON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I cannot think that death will press his claim
Last Line: To everlasting golf consigns your soul.
Subject(s): Golf; Soldiers' Writings; Sports


DAY AND NIGHT HANDBALL, by STEPHEN ELLIOTT DUNN                    Poet's Biography
First Line: I think of corner shots, the ball
Alternate Author Name(s): Dunn, Stephen
Subject(s): Sports


DAY AND NIGHT HANDBALL, by STEPHEN ELLIOTT DUNN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I think of corner shots, the ball
Last Line: The four walls around you %creating the hardship, the infinite variety
Alternate Author Name(s): Dunn, Stephen
Subject(s): Sports


DAY AT THE PARK, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Good to see you again %you are right
Last Line: Full %of the mind of god
Subject(s): Baseball; Nostalgia; Sports


DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY: TRIPTYCH, by DICK ALLEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The lake beyond the two boys playing basketball
Last Line: November day, then night.... Two boys playing ball
Subject(s): Basketball; Boys; Memory; Sports


DAY I MEET BILLY MARTIN, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: In an aisle this colorman tries
Last Line: As his black hair slicks back %toward his yankee world
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


DAYS OF SUCCESS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The sun shines with a brighter beam,
Last Line: "the club ""is going good!"
Subject(s): Baseball; Happiness; Sports; Success; Joy; Delight


DEANIE MCLEANIE, by WALTER DEAN MYERS    Poem Source                
First Line: Deanie mcleanie is a basketball genie
Last Line: And there's nothing on the court that the kid can't do
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


DEAR MOM, by PAUL ZARZYSKI    Poem Source                
First Line: The night that devil danced on me
Subject(s): Sports


DEATH OF RAY CHAPMAN; HE WAS THE BEST FRIEND I HAD - TRIS SPEAKER, by DAVID CITINO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Carl mays had hit five batters
Last Line: That fall chicago went to hell in dark socks %and cleveland ruled the world
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


DEATH OF THE TRACK STAR, by WILLIAM JOSEPH MEISSNER    Poem Source                
First Line: It all happens in a moment, telephone - still
Subject(s): Aging; Sports


DEDICATED TO F.W., by ERNEST HEMINGWAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Lives of football men remind us
Subject(s): Sports


DEDICATED TO F.W., by ERNEST HEMINGWAY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Lives of football men remind us
Subject(s): Sports


DELIVERANCE, by BARBARA CROOKER    Poem Source                
First Line: Putting in below the dam, watching
Subject(s): Sports


DELIVERY, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Oriole is whistling, blue jay brays
Last Line: Choiring with a manager's lungs
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


DEREK JETER, by ROBERT MYLES HERSHON    Poem Source                
First Line: From under the stands, looking out at the brilliant green
Last Line: Williams-dimaggio, a touch of clemens and wells %and on to jeter jr. For ken griffey iii
Subject(s): Baseball; Jeter, Derek; Sports


DIVER, by ROBERT EARL HAYDEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sank through easeful
Last Line: Somehow began the %measured rise
Subject(s): Scuba Diving; Sea; Sports


DIVER, by CHRISTOPHER MERRILL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Was balanced on the edge of the platform
Last Line: The sun the sailor takes his warning from
Subject(s): Sports


DIVERS, by CHARLES GHIGNA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We were different when we returned to earth
Subject(s): Sports


DIVERS, by CHARLES GHIGNA    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We were different when we returned to earth
Last Line: And carried the dead fish in our feet %away to dreams of distant seas
Subject(s): Sports


DON LARSEN'S PERFECT GAME, by PAUL GOODMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Everybody went to bat three times
Subject(s): Baseball; Larsen, Don; Sports


DON LARSEN'S PERFECT WORLD SERIES GAME, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Despite the fall, eden buzzed
Subject(s): Baseball; Larsen, Don; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


DOUBLE PLAY, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: I come into a one out, one on jam
Last Line: I panicked in the right direction %is what I think
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


DOUBLE PLAY, by ROBERT WALLACE    Poem Source                
First Line: In his sea-lit
Last Line: (the pitcher walks), casual %in the space where the poem has happened
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


DREAM OF A BASEBALL STAR, by GREGORY NUNZIO CORSO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I dreamed ted williams
Alternate Author Name(s): Corso, Gregory
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; Williams, Theodore (ted)


DREAM OF A BASEBALL STAR, by GREGORY NUNZIO CORSO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I dreamed ted williams
Last Line: Hosannah the home run! D sun
Alternate Author Name(s): Corso, Gregory
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; Williams, Theodore (ted)


DREAM OF THE RING: THE GREAT JACK JOHNSON, by GEORGE+(2) BARLOW    Poem Source                
First Line: I'll be the first
Last Line: When I become jack johnson
Subject(s): Boxing And Boxers; Johnson, Jack (1878-1946); Sports


DREAMS SHOULD NOT DOG GREAT CENTERFIELDERS, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Who come in from the pasture
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


DRINKING ALONE, by KENT FIELDING    Poem Text                
First Line: These were the first years of an old life
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Baseball; Sports; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


DUCK, by KIM WHITE    Poem Source                
First Line: His dream is to be an olympic champion
Last Line: And the world holds its breath while he cuts through
Subject(s): Sports; Swimming


DUSK SONG FOR THE BROWN BOMBER, by SAM CORNISH    Poem Source                
First Line: A credit to his race in the ring
Last Line: For joe %(they stink worse than feet but's good eatin) %somehog meat for joe made real fine
Subject(s): African Americans; Boxing And Boxers; Louis, Joe (1914-1981); Sports


EIGHT OARS AND A COXSWAIN, by ARTHUR GUITERMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Eight oars compel
Last Line: "steady! Pull it thr-o-o-ough!"
Subject(s): Boats; New York City - Dutch Period; Rowing; Sea Gulls; Sports


EIGHTH INNING, by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Kurt, terror is merely the thesis
Last Line: Fenway of january and snow, %we find ticket stubs in our wallets
Subject(s): Sports


ELEGY FOR RICHARD HUGO FROM GAINESVILLE, by RICK CAMPBELL    Poem Source                
First Line: I will not say there is anything good in this
Last Line: Leap high and backhand one going over. %for you friend, for you
Variant Title(s): Well Don
Subject(s): Baseball; Pennsylvania; Sports; Travel


ELFIN SKATES, by EUGENE JACOB LEE-HAMILTON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: They wheel'd me up the snow-cleared garden way
Subject(s): Skating And Skaters; Sports


ELGIN BAYLOR, by MARK SHECHNER    Poem Source                
First Line: You had to see it
Last Line: How %he could %dance
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


ELK CAMP, by RAYMOND CARVER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Everyone else sleeping when I step
Last Line: Ready to kill, or not
Subject(s): Sports


ENDING THE ONE-GAME CATACLYSM, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Yastrzemski pops to nettles at third
Last Line: That runs deep into the heart of all things
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


ENOS SLAUGHTER, by JIM LAVELLA HAVELIN    Poem Source                
First Line: My friend's father, I love this story
Subject(s): Baseball; Slaughter, Enos (1916-2002); Sports


ENTERING THE LOST COUNTRY OF DAVE WINFIELD, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: The sun, oppresive %as a rest stop view
Last Line: It could eat a leaf
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


EVENT, by KIM THERESA ADDONIZIO    Poem Source                
First Line: The small arena almost filled
Last Line: You recognize that roaring in your ears
Subject(s): Boxing And Boxers; Sports


EVERYTHING BUT EVERYTHING, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: When elizabeth at last accepts darcy
Last Line: We watch the coastline and assume we know %everything but [or, about] everything
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


EX-BASKETBALL PLAYER, by JOHN UPDIKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Pearl avenue runs past the high-school lot
Subject(s): Automobiles - Service Stations; Basketball; Sports; Gasoline Stations; Filling Stations; Automobile Repair Shops


EX-BASKETBALL PLAYER, by JOHN UPDIKE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Pearl avenue runs past the high-school lot
Last Line: Beyond her face toward bright applauding tiers %of necco wafers, nibs, and juju beads
Subject(s): Automobiles - Service Stations; Basketball; Sports


EXECUTION, by EDWARD HIRSCH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The last time I saw my high school football coach
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Sports; Students


EXECUTION, by EDWARD HIRSCH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The last time I saw my high school football coach
Last Line: Machine-like fury, perfect execution
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Sports


EXERCISE IN PREPARATION FOR A PINDARIC ODE TO CARL HUBBELL, by DELMORE SCHWARTZ                    Poet's Biography
First Line: Long after, carl
Subject(s): Sports


EXERCISE IN PREPARATION FOR A PINDARIC ODE TO CARL HUBBELL, by DELMORE SCHWARTZ    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Long after, carl
Subject(s): Sports


EXTRA INNINGS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Oh father, dear father, come home with me
Last Line: Ere she bounces an iron off your brow!
Subject(s): Baseball; Fathers; Sports


EXTRA INNINGS, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Playing since two, I look up
Last Line: Diving for a liner in the top of the hundred %thousandth, spearing it to keep us tied
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


EXTRA INNINGS, by ARTHUR SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: Back then the ballpark grass was so overgrown
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


EXTRA INNINGS: THE TWELFTH INNING: 1., by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Before lights, kurt, baseball games were sometimes delayed
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


EXTRA INNINGS: THE TWELFTH INNING: 1., by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Before lights, kurt, baseball games were sometimes delayed
Last Line: The dogers beat the yankees in the world series %for the first time, as johnny podres won three game
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


EXTRA-INNING BALLGAME, by HALVARD JOHNSON    Poem Source                
First Line: Wanting things to go on forever
Subject(s): Sports


FALL, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Across the infield grass
Last Line: We all need a home. Free agency. %choose
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


FANCY DIVE, by SHELBY SILVERSTEIN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The fanciest dive that ever was dove
Last Line: And looked down and saw that the pool had no water
Alternate Author Name(s): Silverstein, Shel
Subject(s): Sports


FANS VERSUS ED WHISTON, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Their world in his hand
Last Line: Their children, any great blind face
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


FAREWELL, O KING!, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Farewell, king football! 'tis with keen regret
Last Line: Die as king football goes upon his way!
Subject(s): College Sports; Football


FAST BREAK, by EDWARD HIRSCH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A hook shot kisses the rim and
Last Line: Floating perfectly through the net.
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


FERNANDO, by MARCI RIDLON    Poem Source                
First Line: Fernando has a basketball
Last Line: He says he never misses. %my crazy friend fernando
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


FIFTH INNING, by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Kurt, last night dwight evans put it all
Last Line: Deep; we lost three or two, unable %to rally back. Then the long drive home
Subject(s): Sports


FIGHT! (HARVARD-DARTMOUTH FOOTBALL GAME, 1908), by HARRY RANDOLPH BLYTHE    Poem Text                
First Line: The stadium is nervous, johnny harvard's feeling
Last Line: Please to whip him good and clean.
Subject(s): Competition; Dartmouth College; Football; Harvard University; Sports


FIGHTER LEARNS OF HANDS, by CHARLES GHIGNA    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hands were not made for hitting
Last Line: Dreaming of stars, until those stars are in your hands, %until your hands are awake, and beating
Subject(s): Sports


FINAL SCORE, by LEE BENNETT HOPKINS    Poem Source                
First Line: Eventually %there's
Last Line: That's all
Subject(s): Sports


FINISH, by DANIEL GERARD HOFFMAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The first runner reached us
Last Line: To re-enact the finish
Subject(s): Sports


FIRST GREEN HERON, by GARY FRANCIS MARGOLIS    Poem Source                
First Line: I wouldn't have seen her
Subject(s): Sports


FIRST LOVE, by CARL LINDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Before sixteen
Subject(s): Sports


FIRST PRACTICE, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Text                
First Line: After the doctor checked to see / we weren't ruptured
Subject(s): Education; Hate; Poetry & Poets; Schools; Sports; Students


FIRST PRACTICE, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: After the doctor checked to see %we weren't ruptured
Last Line: But I don't want to see %any marks when you're dressed, %he said. He said, now
Subject(s): Education; Hate; Poetry And Poets; Schools; Sports


FISH, by ELIZABETH BISHOP    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I caught a tremendous fish
Last Line: And I let the fish go
Subject(s): Environment; Fishing And Fishermen; Sea; Sports


FISH STORY, by HENRY CARLILE    Poem Source                
First Line: All the fishermen here remember the one
Subject(s): Sports


FISHING, by SOLVEIG NILSEN    Poem Source                
First Line: I've got the best seat in the boat
Subject(s): Sports


FISHING IN WINTER, by RALPH BURNS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A man staring at a small lake sees
Last Line: Two songs, two breaths on the water
Subject(s): Sports


FISHING IN WINTER, by RALPH BURNS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A man staring at a small lake sees
Last Line: Two songs, two breaths on the water
Subject(s): Sports


FISHING THE DREAM, by MICHAEL DELP    Poem Source                
First Line: Half asleep %my hand begins to itch %where, hours ago
Last Line: Trying to bring me in %so he could cut me free
Subject(s): Sports


FLY BALL, by CAROL MASTERS    Poem Source                
First Line: A fly ball
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


FOOTBALL, by F. SCOTT FITZGERALD    Poem Source                
First Line: Now they're ready, now they're waiting
Subject(s): Sports


FOOTBALL, by LOUIS JENKINS    Poem Source                
First Line: I take the snap from center, fake to the right, fade back
Last Line: One has to make choices. This isn't right and I'm not going to throw it
Subject(s): Football; Men; Sports


FOOTBALL, by WALT MASON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The game was ended, and the noise at last had died away
Subject(s): Football; Sports


FOR BROTHERS EVERYWHERE, by TIMOTHY SEIBLES    Poem Source                
First Line: There is a schoolyard that runs %from here to the dark's fence
Last Line: An' they're fillin that sucker up
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


FOR HOYT WILHELM, by JOEL OPPENHEIMER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The ball dances in
Subject(s): Sports


FOR HOYT WILHELM, by JOEL OPPENHEIMER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The ball dances in
Subject(s): Sports


FOR JOHN, WHO DID NOT CHOOSE BASEBALL, by JR. ORVAL A. LUND    Poem Source                
First Line: Because I loved the bone-white hardness of the ball
Last Line: I smile and open my hands to you
Subject(s): Baseball; Boys; Sports; Sports - Arenas And Stadia; Teenagers


FOR THE DEATH OF VINCE LOMBARDI, by JAMES DICKEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I never played for you. You'd have thrown
Last Line: We're with you all the way you're going forever, vince. Dickey
Subject(s): Football; Lombardi, Vince (1913-1970); Sports


FOR THE DEATH OF VINCE LOMBARDI, by JAMES DICKEY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I never played for you. You'd have thrown
Last Line: You're going forever, vince
Subject(s): Football; Lombardi, Vince (1913-1970); Sports


FOR WILLIE STILL IN CENTER, by DAVE SMITH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The walls of southern pine or northern brick
Last Line: Their children are not on their toes, whose cleats %dig in like bombs, whose eyes are something to s
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


FOREST PATH IN WINTER, by ARCHIBALD LAMPMAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Along this secret and forgotten road
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


FOUL SHOT, by EDWIN A. HOEY    Poem Source                
First Line: With two 60's stuck on the scoreboard
Last Line: Dives down and through
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


FOUL SHOTS: A CLINIC, by WILLIAM MATTHEWS    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Be perpendicular to the basket, / toes avid for the line
Alternate Author Name(s): Matthews, William Procter
Subject(s): Sports


FOUL SHOTS: A CLINIC, by WILLIAM MATTHEWS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Be perpendicular to the basket, %toes avid for the line
Last Line: From the arcs those foul shots %leave behind when they go in
Alternate Author Name(s): Matthews, William Procter
Subject(s): Sports


FOUR POEMS FOR THE ST. LOUIS SPORTING NEWS: 1, by JACK SPICER    Poem Source                
First Line: Waiting like a trap-door spider for a rookies sell-out
Last Line: People are starving
Subject(s): Newspapers; Sports


FOUR POEMS FOR THE ST. LOUIS SPORTING NEWS: 2, by JACK SPICER    Poem Source                
First Line: I would like to beat my hands around your heart
Last Line: Going to get knocked out of the box, %baby
Subject(s): Newspapers; Sports


FOUR POEMS FOR THE ST. LOUIS SPORTING NEWS: 3, by JACK SPICER    Poem Source                
First Line: Pitchers are obviously not human. They have the ghosts of dead people
Last Line: Even when the game isn't over
Subject(s): Newspapers; Sports


FOUR POEMS FOR THE ST. LOUIS SPORTING NEWS: 4, by JACK SPICER    Poem Source                
First Line: God is a big white baseball that has nothing to do but go in a curveor straight
Last Line: I was not the only one who felt these things
Subject(s): Newspapers; Sports


FOUR-FLUSHERS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Great is the four-flush. In the sporting world
Last Line: For life is just a four-flush, after all!
Subject(s): Duplicity; Poverty; Sports; Deceit


FREE THROW, by MARK KRAUSHAAR    Poem Source                
First Line: It's thirty years ago
Last Line: You begin again. %there isn't a sound
Subject(s): Sports


FROM ALTITUDE, THE DIAMONDS, by RICHARD HUGO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You can always spot them, even from high up
Last Line: He has loved forever, on his magnificent tiny way %to an easy stand-up three
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


FROM HOOSIER HOOP-LA, by ROBERT PETER TRISTRAM COFFIN    Poem Source                
First Line: Hoosiers make a whole religion
Last Line: Cleaving the net-loops with the ball
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


FROM THE XXIII SUMMER OLYMPICS, THE POET AS REPORTER, by JOSEPH C. FISCHER    Poem Source                
First Line: Another high jumper
Subject(s): Sports


FULL COUNT, by DABNEY STUART    Poem Source                
First Line: The umpire's blind %and the pitcher's throwing tin cups
Last Line: Wheneve the end comes-- %we will still be here, settled %into the voice of our calling
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


FUR KING, by SAMUEL MATHEWSON BAYLIS    Poem Source                
First Line: My kingdom by the frozen sea
Subject(s): Fur Trade; Sports; Winter


FUTURE, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Remember that mountain? %at season's end we chose one known
Last Line: Hand in hand, shades wed, %rehearsing for the journeying ahead
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


GAME, by JOHN OLIVER SIMON    Poem Source                
First Line: Indise my heart the page of pentacles
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


GAME RESUMED, by RICHMOND LATTIMORE    Poem Source                
First Line: My locker, green steel
Last Line: (forgotten and unseen), %my self
Subject(s): Aging; Middle Age; Sports


GATHER ROUND, ALL YE GOOD MEN, by SAMUEL MATHEWSON BAYLIS    Poem Source                
First Line: Parched 'mid the dust of the hot summer's
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


GENUINE POEM, FOUNDED ... STORY CITY IOWA, by TED KOOSER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: If you strike
Subject(s): Sports


GHOSTS OF STEELTOWN, by PETER F. VAIRA    Poem Source                
First Line: At night mr. Frick and mr. Carnegie walk their mill in swallow tail coats
Last Line: Stand quiet men, %who talk of baseball scores
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


GIL MCDOUGALD, YANKEE INFIELDER, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Your luck too, religious boy
Last Line: Strange offerings %to the lord
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


GILIAD, by PHIL RIZZUTO    Poem Source                
First Line: I was with gil mcdougald the other day
Last Line: I said, thanks gil
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


GIVE ME A GIRL, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Give me a girl who understands the game
Last Line: "give me a girl—who understands the game!"
Subject(s): Baseball; Ignorance; Sports; Women; Dullness; Stupdity


GIVE PRAISE FOR BASES, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: As he crosses home plate
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


GOING TO JIM THORPE, by WILLIAM CORBETT    Poem Source                
First Line: Watch your footing down the iron steps - they ring
Last Line: Gather up the things that are yours %as they are gathered up in you
Subject(s): Sports; Thorpe, Jim (1886-1953)


GOING TO THE BALLGAME, by CHARLES B. WHEELER    Poem Source                
First Line: Peenuts, pop-corn, crackerjax!
Last Line: Over the sink, said to me %'well, what are you going to do today?'
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


GOLDEN RULES FOR THE YOUNG, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "in batting, hold your bat upright"
Last Line: A butter-fingers is worst of all
Subject(s): Country Life;cricket (game);sports


GOLF, by OLIVER MURRAY EDWARDS    Poem Text                
First Line: On uncle ebenezer's farm
Last Line: That gives me weariness.
Subject(s): Golf; Play; Sports


GOLF, by LAURA LINNEA JENSEN    Poem Source                
First Line: It seems always two years ago
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


GOLF, by VERN RUTSALA    Poem Source                
First Line: Though they seem carefree and childlike, golfers are
Last Line: Vast apparatus of golf has been developed to accomplish a single purpose: assasination
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


GOLF, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: You find the links and make a 'tee'
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


GOLF AFTER MANY YEARS, by EDGAR ALBERT GUEST    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: For nine and twenty years they've said
Last Line: Shall celebrate, beside some cup, %our thirty years of looking up!
Alternate Author Name(s): Guest, Eddie
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


GOLF AND LIFE, by SAMUEL ELLSWORTH KISER    Poem Text                
First Line: Life's but a game of golf
Last Line: "to ""hole down"" at the end."
Subject(s): Golf; Life; Sports


GOLF FIEND, by R. F. B.    Poem Source                
First Line: Now who shall tackle the golfer mad
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


GOLF LUCK, by EDGAR ALBERT GUEST    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As a golfer I'm not one who cops the money
Alternate Author Name(s): Guest, Eddie
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


GOLFER'S RUBAIYAT, by HENRY WALCOTT BOYNTON    Poem Source                
First Line: Wake! For the sun has driven in equal flight
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


GOLFERS, by JOHN UPDIKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: One-gloved beasts in cleats, they come clattering
Last Line: Mere men, old boys, lost, the last hole a horror
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


GOLFERS, by JOHN UPDIKE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: One-gloved beasts in cleats, they come clattering
Last Line: Mere men, old boys, lost, the last hole a horror
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


GOOD D, by JAMES MCKEAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Their center blocks out and the ball %falls into his lap like the coach's book
Last Line: To sit back down, to say anything %for what's been stolen
Subject(s): Sports


GOOD TRAINING FOR POETRY, by JACK ROGERS RIDL    Poem Source                
First Line: Thanks,' my father said, and slapped
Last Line: On the bench, a daughter %dashing home from first, %a father dropping out of sight
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


GRANDSTANDER, by ANNE HAEUSLER    Poem Source                
First Line: The score was tied
Last Line: For winning the game
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


GREATEST OF WEAPONS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The jawbone samson swung was great--it served its purpose well
Last Line: As that large bat, the monster bat, the warclub of babe ruth!
Subject(s): Arms & Armor; Baseball; Sports


GREEN DIAMONDS OF SUMMER, by JOE BOLTON    Poem Source                
First Line: What I love in this isn't what you might think
Last Line: And then I make dale throw me one more pitch, which I usually miss
Subject(s): Baseball; Family Life; Sports


GROUND SWELL, by MARK JARMAN    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Is nothing real but when I was fifteen,
Last Line: Where things began to happen and I knew it
Subject(s): Teenagers; Sports; Surfing


GROUND SWELL, by MARK JARMAN    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Is nothing real but when I was fifteen
Subject(s): Sports; Surfing


GROUND SWELL, by MARK JARMAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Is nothing real but when I was fifteen
Last Line: Where things begin to happen and I knew it
Subject(s): Sports; Surfing


GUDE GAUN GAME O' CURLIN', by JAMES A. SIDEY    Poem Source                
First Line: Cheer up, my lads, for auld john frost
Alternate Author Name(s): Sidney, James A.
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


GULF, by LINNEA JOHNSON    Poem Source                
First Line: Looking at it
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


GYMNASTS, by IRVING FELDMAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Legs v-ed out from the groin's nugget
Subject(s): Sports


HA LF TI ME, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: I %lie %on %the %flo or
Last Line: Drips %out %my %mouth
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


HAIKU #2, by JR. CHARLES R. SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: The soft leather pings
Last Line: Fast %and in control
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


HAIKU #3, by JR. CHARLES R. SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: Sneakers squeak %on floors
Last Line: A sound %all its own
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


HAIKU #4, by JR. CHARLES R. SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: The trick to the ball
Last Line: A flick of the wrist
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


HAITI: SKIN DIVING, by JANE SHORE    Poem Source                
First Line: My legs break
Subject(s): Sports


HALF TIME, OGLALA HIGH, 1970, by DEBRA NYSTROM    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Waiting in green-and-white pleats
Last Line: It off, then was gone before the scream?
Variant Title(s): Half-time, Pine Ridge High, 197
Subject(s): Sports; Women


HALFTIME, by ADAM LEFEVRE    Poem Source                
First Line: October night nesting on the stadium
Last Line: Is how it is, this %is how it ought to be
Subject(s): Sports


HALL OF FAME, by BRUCE GUERNSEY    Poem Source                
First Line: So mantle made it, pop
Subject(s): Baseball; Mantle, Mickey (1931-1995); Sports


HAMLET AGAIN, by BARRY SILESKY    Poem Source                
First Line: Tis bitter cold and I am sick at heart
Last Line: Country they say crazy horse's nostril is the size of a house as he grows %over the plains
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HANDICAPPED CHILDREN SWIMMING, by MICHAEL DENNIS BROWNE    Poem Source                
First Line: A measure of freedom. Mike, floating
Subject(s): Physical Disabilities; Sports; Swimming


HANOVER WINTER SONG, by RICHARD HOVEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ho, a song by the fire!
Last Line: Skoal!
Variant Title(s): Dartmouth Winter Song
Subject(s): Dartmouth College; Sports; Winter


HARDBALL, by RANDY BLASING    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: After barrel-chested earl torgeson
Last Line: Freed me to play the game I'd choose
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HARPER TO MIFFLIN TO CHANCE, by ELWYN BROOKS WHITE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Come harper, come schuster, come appleton all
Last Line: They'll kiss you goodbye for the first pretty royalty. %comeon, pater
Alternate Author Name(s): White, E. B.
Subject(s): Baseball; Publishing; Sports


HARRY GREB, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The pittsburgh windmill keeps right on
Last Line: This greb go on forever!
Subject(s): Boxing & Boxers; Greb, Harry (1894-1926); Sports


HARVEST MOONRISE, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: The moon rose out of a cloud in centerfield, gold
Last Line: Moon climbing against the quickening %dark
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HAYES IVERSON, by MEL GLENN    Poem Source                
First Line: The score is tied
Last Line: The ball %drops %in, %69-68
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


HAZARD'S OPTIMISM, by WILLIAM MEREDITH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Harnessed and zipped on a bright
Alternate Author Name(s): Meredith, Morris
Subject(s): Sports


HAZARD'S OPTIMISM, by WILLIAM MEREDITH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Harnessed and zipped on a bright
Alternate Author Name(s): Meredith, Morris
Subject(s): Sports


HEART, by JERRY ROSS    Poem Source                
First Line: You've gotta have heart
Subject(s): Sports


HERNIA, by ROSS GAY    Poem Source                
First Line: The gingko bones shiver a bit, dream
Last Line: Exactly as I want: silently and %in my dreams
Subject(s): Sports


HEROES, by WALTER ROBERT MCDONALD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On uneven bars, our grandson tumbles his routine
Last Line: How to spring and tumble, how to fall
Alternate Author Name(s): Mcdonald, Walt
Subject(s): Children; Sports


HIGH FIVE, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: 1. Strap a jet propulsion pack on my back
Last Line: 5. I close my eyes above the rim. %and lunch %eat my
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


HIGH JUMPER, by DON WELCH    Poem Source                
First Line: Looking at the standards
Subject(s): Sports


HIGH STICK, by BILLY COLLINS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Bobby orr's marble
Subject(s): Sports


HIS RUNNING MY RUNNING, by ROBERT FRANCIS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Mid-autumn late autumn
Subject(s): Sports


HISTORY OF GOLF - SORT OF, by THOMAS L. HIRSCH    Poem Source                
First Line: On scotland's rolling highlands in
Subject(s): Sports


HITS AND RUNS, by CARL SANDBURG    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I remember the chillicothe ball players grappling the rock
Last Line: And the umpire's throat fought in the dust for a song.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HITTERS, by CHARLES LAURENCE NORTH    Poem Source                
First Line: Williams ss
Last Line: Cobb p
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HITTING AGAINST MIKE CUTLER, by JONATHAN HOLDEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: One down. I step into the narrow
Last Line: The hornet hisses, vanishes with a bang. Stee-rike! %the catcher grins. Good chuck, good chuck, he c
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HITTING GOLFBALLS OFF THE BLUFF, by JEFFREY HARRISON    Poem Source                
First Line: They come back now, those nights my friend and I
Last Line: With envy now, now deep red with desire
Subject(s): Sports


HITTING THE CUTOFF, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Into the corner after an extra-base
Last Line: As angels fly: %a straight line
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HOCKEY, by SCOTT BLAINE    Poem Source                
First Line: The ice is smooth, smooth, smooth
Subject(s): Sports


HOCKEY, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: When you hack a fellow's shin
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


HOMAGE TO THE BROWN BOMBER, by MICHAEL S. HARPER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Speed of the punch, / its dancing, rhythmic fluency
Last Line: "bright lungs blanching tomorrows,
Subject(s): Sports


HOMAGE TO THE BROWN BOMBER, by MICHAEL S. HARPER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Speed of the punch, %its dancing, rhythmic fluency
Last Line: Bright lungs blanching tomorrows, %barrows at rest
Subject(s): Sports


HOME GAME, by DON ALLEN JOHNSON    Poem Source                
First Line: Heat lightning silhouettes the hills
Last Line: His silver adirondack %stuck into the storm, daring the lightning down
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HOME GAMES, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Three afternoons
Last Line: On the same %team
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


HOMETOWN, by STUART JOHN DYBEK    Poem Source                
First Line: Not everyone still has a place from where they've come, so you try to de
Last Line: Look at him
Subject(s): Baseball; Games; Sports


HOMETOWN PIECE FOR MESSRS. ALSTON AND REESE, by MARIANNE MOORE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Millennium,' yes; 'pandemonium!' / roy campanella leaps high. Dodgerdom
Subject(s): Baseball; Brooklyn Dodgers (baseball Team); Sports


HOMETOWN PIECE FOR MESSRS. ALSTON AND REESE, by MARIANNE MOORE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Millennium,' yes; 'pandemonium!' %roy campanella leaps high. Dodgerdom
Last Line: Watching everything you do. You won last year. Come on
Subject(s): Baseball; Brooklyn Dodgers (baseball Team); Sports


HOODOO, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Owned a pair o' skates onc't
Last Line: And crick - tail-race - all together, %froze so tight, cat couldn't scratch
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


HOOK, by FLOYD SKLOOT    Poem Source                
First Line: My father limps on the leg that healed short
Last Line: For the ball's return so I can heft it %again and aim down the gleaming alley
Subject(s): Bowling; Sports


HOOP BEHIND THE BEDROOM DOOR, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Any soft small %round
Last Line: Behind the bedroom door
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


HORSEBACK, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Never afraid of those huge creatures
Last Line: I just wanted to tell you about it, ray.
Subject(s): Carver, Raymond (1939-1988); Horseback Riding; Sports; Women; Women's Rights; Writing & Writers; Feminism


HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET, by RODNEY GOVE DENNIS    Poem Source                
First Line: She called me victor, which is wrong
Last Line: Is trying to climb in through my window
Subject(s): Life; Skating And Skaters; Sports


HOW EASY IS THIS?, by JR. CHARLES R. SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: Shake %left
Last Line: And say %'all %day!'
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


HOW I LEARNED ENGLISH, by GREGORY DJANIKIAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It was in an empty lot
Subject(s): Baseball; Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; Sports; United States - Race Relations


HOW I LEARNED ENGLISH, by GREGORY DJANIKIAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It was in an empty lot
Last Line: Hum baby' sweetly on my lips
Subject(s): Baseball; Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; Sports; U.s. - Race Relations


HOW MCDOUGAL TOPPED THE SCORE, by THOMAS E. SPENCER    Poem Text                
First Line: A peaceful spot is piper's flat. The folk that live around
Last Line: For we played molongo cricket—and mcdougal topped the score!
Subject(s): Animals; Cricket (game); Dogs; Practical Jokes; Sports; Pranks


HOW SINGULAR!, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: You cant's play football with a golfing stick--
Last Line: How curious is their way!
Subject(s): Humorists; Sports


HOW TO PLAY NIGHT BASEBALL, by JONATHAN HOLDEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A pasture is best, freshly
Last Line: And routine grounders get lost in %the sweet grass for extra bases
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HUMMER, by WILLIAM MATTHEWS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: First he drew a strike zone
Last Line: As if he'd tried to hold it %back, but it escaped. Thwap
Alternate Author Name(s): Matthews, William Procter
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HUNTERS, by ERNEST THOMPSON SETON    Poem Source                
First Line: The white owl sits on a low snowdrift
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


HUNTING, by JACK SHEEDY    Poem Source                
First Line: In harry's discounts men & boys
Subject(s): Sports


HUNTING FOR GROUSE, by ROSEANN LLOYD    Poem Source                
First Line: It's the yellow time when tamarack sheds
Subject(s): Sports


HUNTING SEASON, by MYKIE SILZ REIDY    Poem Source                
First Line: One november
Subject(s): Sports


HURDLER, by GRACE BUTCHER    Poem Source                
First Line: He quietly steps over the air
Subject(s): Sports


I AM THE RUNNING GIRL; SELS., by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: I am the running girl
Last Line: Say %hello
Subject(s): Sports


I TRY TO TURN IN MY JOCK, by DAVID HILTON    Poem Source                
First Line: Going up for the jump shot, %giving the kid the head-fakes and all
Last Line: But, shit, %the shot goes in
Subject(s): Aging; Basketball; Sports


I'VE NEVER WRITTEN A BASEBALL POEM, by ELISAVIETTA RITCHIE    Poem Source                
First Line: I didn't even make
Subject(s): Sports


ICE SKATING, by SANDRA OLSON LIATSOS    Poem Source                
First Line: Higher and higher %I glide in the sky
Last Line: In place anymore
Subject(s): Sports


ICE-FISHING, by DENISE PENDLETON    Poem Source                
First Line: The men cut windows into ice
Subject(s): Sports


ICE-FISHING IN WINTER, by JOHN HARRINGTON KEENE    Poem Source                
First Line: Ho! Sing of your trout in the spring betimes
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


ICEBOAT, by ALICE WARD BAILEY    Poem Source                
First Line: There is a thing so fair, so free
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


IDEA OF FLORIDA DURING A WINTER THAW, by GAIL MAZUR    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Late february and the air's so balmy
Last Line: She stretches a hand toward the toothy sleeper %then takes a step back, to be safe as she reaches
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


IF A BASEBALL PLAYER DOES HIS JOB CORRECTLY 30 PERCENT OF THE TIME ..., by BOB KING    Poem Source                
First Line: I once heard the best place to sit
Last Line: Like children who need their parents to believe for them
Subject(s): Baseball; Motion Pictures; Sports


IF A.E. HOUSMAN HAD TRIED TO HIT BIG LEAGUE PITCHING, by GENE FEHLER    Poem Source                
First Line: When I was one-and-twenty
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


IN ANSON'S TIME, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: They may have been crude men, and sadly dense,
Last Line: In anson's time.
Subject(s): Anson, Adrian (cap) (1852-1922); Baseball; Honesty; Ignorance; Sports; Dullness; Stupdity


IN CASE YOU THOUGHT THEY PLAYED FOR MONEY, by ROBERT A. FINK    Poem Source                
First Line: Next saturday catch baseball's game of the week
Last Line: An apple pie is cooking on the sill, %she's set an extra plate for dinner
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


IN MEMORY OF THE UTAH STARS, by WILLIAM MATTHEWS    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Each of them must have terrified
Alternate Author Name(s): Matthews, William Procter
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Sports


IN MEMORY OF THE UTAH STARS, by WILLIAM MATTHEWS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Each of them must have terrified
Last Line: How brutally well the universe %works to be beautiful %how we metabolize loss %as fast as we have to
Alternate Author Name(s): Matthews, William Procter
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Sports


IN MY MEANEST DAYDREAM, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: I am throwing hard again
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


IN PERFECT HARMONY, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The pitcher knows that he could play the field
Last Line: And fairly aches to run that baseball club!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Leadership; Sports


IN THE BOX, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: A baseball knows %its calculus
Last Line: Invisible %and always in the way
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


IN THE MIDST OF A LONG BASEBALL STRIKE, G. MCDOUGALD'S DEAFNESS IS LIF, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: After twenty years his hearing paints
Last Line: In the body of the first man
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


IN THE OCEAN, by PATRICIA GOEDICKE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At first my mother would be shy
Last Line: Mother and sea calves gliding, %floating as if all three of us were flying
Subject(s): Sports


IN THE POCKET, by JAMES DICKEY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Going backward
Last Line: Come up - leap stand kill die strike %now
Subject(s): Sports


IN THE SERIES' SIXTH GAME, REGGIE COURTS THE MOON, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Across his chest %reggie felt a ripening of pinstripes
Last Line: By self-induced lighting %in a nearby grove
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


IN YOUR FACE, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: I %w a n t %y o u %t o %r e c o g n I z e
Last Line: The %b a c k %o f %m y %h e a d
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


INDEPENDENCE, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Without %america's %invention there's no baseball, no paychecks
Last Line: As if I could catch cancer, %jerked away
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


INLAND GOLF, by R. K. RISK    Poem Source                
First Line: I hate the dreadful hollow, in the shade of the little wood
Subject(s): Golf; Sports; Tennyson, Alfred (1809-1892)


INSANITY, by GASTON DUBOIS    Poem Source                
First Line: Hit!
Subject(s): Sports


INSIDE (9), by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: I am standing at home plate watching that fast ball
Last Line: Strike three %three %out
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


INSTRUCTION, by CONRAD ARTHUR HILBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: The coach has taught her how to swing
Last Line: And stare incredulously at the ump
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Sports


INSTRUCTION, by CONRAD HILLBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: The coach has taught; her how to swing
Last Line: Her fist into her cathcer's mitt, %and stare incredulously at the ump
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


INTERNATIONAL SKY-FLYING CHAMPIONSHIP OBERSDORF, by ELISAVIETTA RITCHIE    Poem Source                
First Line: Protected by thick brick walls
Subject(s): Sports


INTERVIEW WITH A WINNER, by DONALD FINKLE    Poem Source                
First Line: What was it like?
Subject(s): Sports


INTO THE BACKDROP, by JAY S. NEBEL    Poem Source                
First Line: Playing hoops down on the park blocks
Last Line: We played four hours straight - so tough, %we could break concrete
Subject(s): Basketball; Children; Sports


INTO THE WIND, by BARBARA J. PETOSKEY    Poem Source                
First Line: Away %out
Subject(s): Sports


IT IS THE FEEL OF THE PEBBLE RUBBER BALL, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: On fingers %on palm
Last Line: Way down the court
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


IT NEVER HAPPENED, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The fullback bowed politely and made away
Last Line: "on more than one sure winner in a race!"
Subject(s): Humorists; Sports


IT'S GREAT WHEN YOU GET IN, by EUGENE GLADSTONE O'NEILL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: They told me the water was lovely
Subject(s): Sports


JACK CHESBRO, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Jack chesbro, good old hurler, you were a
Last Line: It's hard to say it, jack, old friend, but you will get the hook!
Subject(s): Aging; Athletes; Baseball; Chesbro, Jack (1874-1931); Sports


JACK JOHNSON DOES THE EAGLE ROCK, by CORNELIUS ROBERT EADY    Poem Source                
First Line: Perhaps he left the newspaper stand that morning
Last Line: As though it was meant to happen
Subject(s): Sports


JACKIE ROBINSON, by LUCILLE CLIFTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ran against walls / without breaking
Last Line: Entered the conquering dark
Subject(s): Baseball; Robinson, Jackie (1919-1972); Sports


JACKIE ROBINSON, by LUCILLE CLIFTON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ran against walls %without breaking
Last Line: Over whitestone fences, %entered the conquering dark
Subject(s): Baseball; Robinson, Jackie (1919-1972); Sports


JACKIE ROBINSON, by SAM CORNISH    Poem Source                
First Line: The uniform and ball
Last Line: And jackie robinson negro
Subject(s): Baseball; Robinson, Jackie (1919-1972); Sports


JACKLIGHT, by LOUISE ERDRICH                    Poet's Biography
First Line: We have come to the edge of the woods
Alternate Author Name(s): Erdrich, Lise
Subject(s): Sports


JACKLIGHT, by LOUISE ERDRICH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We have come to the edge of the woods
Last Line: And now they take the first steps, not knowing %how deep the woods are and lightless. %how deep the
Alternate Author Name(s): Erdrich, Lise
Subject(s): Sports


JAKE DAUBERT, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: No finer player ever flashed the spikes
Last Line: And waved him outward through the unknown gate!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Daubert, Jake (1884-1924); Death; Sports; Dead, The


JEEP CHEROKEE, by BRUCE A. JACOBS    Poem Text                
First Line: You've never known
Subject(s): Sports Utility Vehicles


JIM BOUTON: UNWRITING, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: The gall it took %to drill that peephole you called ball four
Last Line: Are again model prisoners
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


JIMMY ALLEN AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, by PAUL MARION    Poem Source                
First Line: The folklore researchers, all ph.D.'s
Last Line: Throwing a strike for american folklife
Subject(s): Baseball; Scholarship And Scholars; Sports


JINGLE BELLS, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Dashing thro' the snow
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


JINX, by JONATHAN HOLDEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: After the fifth inning
Last Line: By accident %almost
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; Superstition


JOAN BENOIT, by RINA FERRARELLI    Poem Source                
First Line: During the third mile
Subject(s): Sports


JOCKEY, by RONALD BOYD KOERTGE    Poem Source                
First Line: Named kovacs went down
Subject(s): Sports


JOE DIMAGGIO NEVER SWINGS A BAT AT OLD TIMERS' GAMES, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: Staring back from the scoreboard
Subject(s): Baseball; Dimaggio, Joseph ("joe"); New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


JOE LOUIS, by JAMES LANGSTON HUGHES    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: They worshipped joe
Last Line: But the gossips had no %'the say' %to latch onto %for joe
Alternate Author Name(s): Hughes, Langston
Subject(s): African Americans; Boxing And Boxers; Louis, Joe (1914-1981); Sports


JOE LOUIS, by NUBIA KAI    Poem Source                
First Line: Golden gloves melt on the hot sands
Last Line: For us he lives in the silent wind catching snakes
Subject(s): African Americans; Boxing And Boxers; Detroit, Michigan; Louis, Joe (1914-1981); Sports


JOE PASS GUITAR SOLO, by ROBERT ALEXANDER    Poem Source                
First Line: I've fallen asleep in the afternoon. It's november and the radio is playing
Last Line: Wheeling into fenway park. My father and I look up amazed at the bird-filled june sky
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; Williams, Theodore (ted)


JOGGER ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE, 5:00 A.M., by AGHA SHAHID ALI    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The dark scissors of his legs %cut the moon's
Last Line: From the air, from himself, %his heart beating far, far %behind him
Subject(s): Sports; Track Athletics


JOGGING INJURY, by FLEDA BROWN JACKSON    Poem Source                
First Line: All day I have lain, foot propped
Alternate Author Name(s): Brown, Fleda
Subject(s): Sports


JOHN MCGRAW, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: I'd like to play in old new york,
Last Line: "and that's his only law!"
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Mcgraw, John (1873-1934); New York City; Sports; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


JOLLY CURLERS, by JAMES HOGG    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Of a' the games that e'er I saw
Alternate Author Name(s): The Ettrick Shepherd; The Bard Of Ettrick
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


JOSHING, by ALFRED L. WOODS    Poem Source                
First Line: When joe louis knocked out schmeling
Last Line: Jackie robinson %can you hit another ball
Subject(s): African Americans; Baseball; Boxing And Boxers; Louis, Joe (1914-1981); Robinson, Jackie (1919-1972); Sports; Stock Exchange


JUGGLER, by AUSTIN STRAUS    Poem Source                
First Line: Died %at thirty-five, not even
Subject(s): Sports


JUMP SHOOTER, by DENNIS TRUDELL    Poem Source                
First Line: The way the ball %hung there %against the blue or purple
Last Line: Breathe deeply and begin %to whistle %as I walked back home
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


JUMP SHOT, by RICHARD PECK    Poem Source                
First Line: Lithe, quicker than the ball itself
Last Line: Yet neatly, neatly weaving in the pattern
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


JUMPER, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: She %has %springs in
Last Line: And %cling %ing %net
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


JUNK BALL, by FRED CHAPPELL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: By the time it gets to the plate
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


KARATE, by STANLEY PLUMLY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: If I could chop wood. %if I could just cut through %this furniture
Last Line: If I could only drive nails %deep into the hard rose of the wood
Subject(s): Sports; Wrestling And Wrestlers


KARATE KID, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source                
First Line: I am wind %I am wall
Last Line: Peace %power
Subject(s): Sports


KICKER'S LAST STEPS, by WILLIAM JOSEPH MEISSNER    Poem Source                
First Line: One point behind, ten seconds left
Subject(s): Sports


KID, by KEVIN BEZNER    Poem Source                
First Line: One day I watched ted williams
Subject(s): Sports


KNOT HOLE GANG, by BRENDAN JAMES GALVIN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Demarco said the special bus
Last Line: With our lunch bags sweating %sandwich oils through the long afternoon
Subject(s): Sports


LADY OF SNOWS, by C. N. BUZZARD    Poem Source                
First Line: Ghostly, etheral, mystical form!
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


LANKY HANK FARROW, by HAROLD VERNON WITT    Poem Source                
First Line: What can you do when you're six five
Subject(s): Sports


LASH OF THE NORTHLAND, by ANDREW F. UNDERHILL    Poem Source                
First Line: Where the rafters of the world-roof fade
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


LAST BASEBALL SAMURAI, by THOMAS WILLARD CLARK    Poem Source                
First Line: In his final world seried, pete rose
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark, Tom
Subject(s): Sports


LAST DITCH, by JACK ROGERS RIDL    Poem Source                
First Line: Thirty-one seconds on the clock. Coach is down on one knee
Last Line: And jeannie cups her hand around my neck
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


LAST GAME, by CARY WATERMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Today your old golf clubs arrived
Subject(s): Sports


LAST QUARTER'S LAST RESORT, by JACQUELINE SWEENEY    Poem Source                
First Line: That guard is like
Last Line: And if this weren't enough %I'm short
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


LAST STANDS, by THOM ROSS    Poem Source                
First Line: Eddie and I took our
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LATE INNINGS, by NEAL BOWERS    Poem Source                
First Line: Bucking and bolting before the hurrying dark
Last Line: And the last boy digs in at home with the crickets, %the gathering dew, waiting for the long, dark c
Subject(s): Baseball; Moore, Marianne (1887-1972); Sports


LATE ROUND, by KIM THERESA ADDONIZIO    Poem Source                
First Line: When the fighters slow down, moving towards eaach other
Last Line: And are separated, but they don't let go
Subject(s): Boxing And Boxers; Fights; Love - Loss Of; Man-woman Relationships; Sports


LED BY THE HEBREW SCHOOL RABBI, by JUDITH BAUMEL    Poem Source                
First Line: Those good students, who only loved working
Subject(s): Sports


LET'S GO, METS, by LILLIAN MORRISON    Poem Source                
First Line: Mookie and hubie and strawberry
Subject(s): Sports


LETTER TO MANTSCH FROM HAVRE, by RICHARD HUGO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear mike: we didn't have a chance. Our starter had no change
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LETTER TO MANTSCH FROM HAVRE, by RICHARD HUGO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear mike: we didn't have a chance. Our starter had no change
Last Line: I cannot shout loud as this local truth: well done, mike. Dick
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LIFEGUARD, by JAMES DICKEY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In a stable of boats I lie still
Last Line: And hold in my arms a child %of water, water, water
Subject(s): Lifeguards; Sports


LIFTING, by DOROTHY BARRESI    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: If muscles are the currency of dreams, %you are flesh life
Last Line: Vow I am almost ready to put foolish things down
Subject(s): Sports; Weight Lifting


LIMBO, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Flying %east years ago to my
Last Line: Each player, each lover %safe, %home
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LINE DRIVE CAUGHT BY THE GRACE OF GOD, by LINDA GREGERSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Half of america doubtless has the whole
Subject(s): Sports


LINE DRIVE CAUGHT BY THE GRACE OF GOD, by LINDA GREGERSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Half of america doubtless has the whole
Last Line: That makes the weeks go by so personal, %so hand in glove
Subject(s): Sports


LINES, by BARBARA SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: Anchoring, I watched him climb
Subject(s): Sports


LINES TO A GOLF WIDOW, by JAMES J. MONTAGUE    Poem Text                
First Line: If you had said eight months ago
Last Line: To know!
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


LINKS, by MATT ROBINSON    Poem Source                
First Line: Dead turtle why?
Last Line: Birdie %putts
Subject(s): Golf; Religion; Sports


LISTENING TO BASEBALL IN THE CAR, by GAIL MAZUR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This morning I argued with a friend
Last Line: The white ball in the glare.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LITTLE GIRL BLUE, by UNKNOWN+261    Poem Source                
First Line: Before you know what years are made of they are lost
Subject(s): Games; Sports


LOCKER ROOM ETIQUETTE, by CRAIG ARNOLD    Poem Source                
First Line: Please refrain from frankly ogling your neighbor's
Last Line: Seventy, eighty pounds, up to the weight of %nobody watching
Subject(s): Sports


LONELINESS OF THE OUTFIELD, by MICHAEL CULROSS    Poem Source                
First Line: They never liked me
Last Line: To finish: their team %somehow managed to %lose it without me
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LONG DISTANCE, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Sound %of her voice -- huge, as if I'd put my ear
Last Line: Trying to fix on her %and our rookie of the year
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LOOSE LUNATICS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The baseball fan gets up and loudly yowls--
Last Line: He's dippy!
Subject(s): Adventure And Adventurers; Baseball; Football; Horse Racing; Sports


LOST HEROES, by MICHAEL CULROSS    Poem Source                
First Line: The exhibition at pocatello
Last Line: The front office continues to hope %signed contracts for next year will turn up
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LOST SPIRITS, by H. GANDY    Poem Source                
First Line: That gnomes abound on mountains, sad
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


LOST TRAIL, by FRANK LILLIE POLLOCK    Poem Source                
First Line: While the drizzle falls on the slimy
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


LOU, HERE'S TO YOUR JOYRIDE TO THE STADIUM, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: The sunlight heightens %to its own awareness
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


LOUISVILLE FEARED IN MIDEAST, by STEVEN BRYAN BIELER    Poem Source                
First Line: You can't buy baseball bats in israel
Subject(s): Sports


LOUSY IN CENTER FIELD, by JAMES TATE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Thank god %the manager is blind, %the coach is deaf %and the owner dead
Last Line: Wriggling at the hairdresser, %I chatter before abrupt sleep
Subject(s): Sports


LOVE FIFTEEN, by LILLIAN MORRISON    Poem Source                
First Line: Swing to wallop
Last Line: That pounds and bounces %in the light
Subject(s): Sports


LOVE SONNET OF A PLAYER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Say, kid, d'you know, I just can't understand
Last Line: I'll kill three baseball scribes by monday night!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Language; Sports; Words; Vocabulary


LUCKY SEVEN WISH LIST, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: 1. Give me l o n g legs
Last Line: 7. Just %give me the dunk
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


LUGGIE, SELS., by DAVID GRAY (1838-1861)    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Now underneath the ice the luggie growls
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


MAIN ST. BRIDGE; PAWTUCKET, RI, by THOMAS MICHAEL MCDADE    Poem Source                
First Line: Spitting off %main st. Bridge
Last Line: Out of him and %into the rivers
Subject(s): Sports


MAKIN' JUMP SHOTS, by MICHAEL S. HARPER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He waltzes into the lane / 'cross the free-throw line
Subject(s): Sports


MAKIN' JUMP SHOTS, by MICHAEL S. HARPER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He waltzes into the lane %'cross the free-throw line
Last Line: To a silent beat, gliding %as he sinks two into the chains
Subject(s): Sports


MAN THEY CALL DR. J., by PETE VECSEY    Poem Source                
First Line: Doesn't just shoot
Last Line: Another impossible two-pointer
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


MAN WHO BEAT HEMINGWAY, by MARTIN ESPADA    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In 1937, robert johnson
Last Line: Leaves out your name
Subject(s): Sports


MANTLE, by WILLIAM HEYEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Mantle ran so hard, they said
Subject(s): Baseball; Mantle, Mickey (1931-1995); Popular Culture - United States; Sports


MANTLE, by WILLIAM HEYEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Mantle ran so hard, they said
Last Line: Now a fastball, now a slow %curve hanging %like a model's smile
Subject(s): Baseball; Mantle, Mickey (1931-1995); Popular Culture - United States; Sports


MARIS AND DYLAN CAME SCOWLING OUT OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: This town boasts the world's largest hole
Last Line: In a place just the other side of music
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


MARIS OF THE CARDS, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: At thirty-three, singles lined his forehead
Last Line: And his swing slung the hash of happenstance
Subject(s): Baseball; Maris, Roger (1934-1985); New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


MARVIN PICKETT, by MEL GLENN    Poem Source                
First Line: When I wear my football jersey to class
Subject(s): Sports


MEAN RUFUS THROWN DOWN, by DAVE SMITH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He waits perpetually crouched, teeth
Last Line: Swiftly out to second eating the silky %air of the proudest runner, ending the game
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


MEANING OF BASEBALL, by MAX GARLAND    Poem Source                
First Line: We sit on the bench like shy freight
Last Line: Our couch, as lie on our gurney %counting backwards from ten
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


MEDALS AND MONEY: A RE-EVALUATION, by BARBARA LAMBLIN    Poem Source                
First Line: I loved swimming until it became a nightmare for
Subject(s): Sports


MEETING MY BEST FRIEND FROM THE EIGHTH GRADE, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: He says when he comes in a bar
Last Line: We bend our beer cans like dummies, and sit
Subject(s): Sports


MEMORY, by RALPH BURNS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Didn't I think of the clasp
Last Line: Out of the wild time unseen, sweet flower %of improvisation
Subject(s): Sports


MERLE BASCOM'S .22, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I was twelve when my father gave me this .22
Subject(s): Sports


MERLE BASCOM'S .22, by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I was twelve when my father gave me this .22
Last Line: I cannot throw it away; it was my father's gift
Subject(s): Sports


MICHAEL HOLLEY, BRUTHAMAN BOSTON GLOBE SPORTS WRITER, COVERS THE ..., by AFAA MICHAEL WEAVER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It's the old teams you see at night
Last Line: In this room it is sane to be profane
Alternate Author Name(s): Weaver, Michael S.
Subject(s): Loss; Sports


MICHAEL JORDAN, by CHARLES COMFORT    Poem Source                
First Line: Performs his acrobatics
Last Line: They name those sneakers after him
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


MICKEY, ONCE OUR DAYS MADE THEIR FACE IN YOU, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: The blue veins feeding %us in secret
Subject(s): Baseball; Mantle, Mickey (1931-1995); New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


MIDNIGHT TENNIS MATCH, by THOMAS LUX    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You are tired %of this maudlin country club %and you are tired of his insults
Last Line: You pour a gallon of water on his face. %he still has two more serves
Subject(s): Sports; Tennis


MINOR LEAGUE BUS RIDE TO DUBUQUE, CHATTANOOGA, BLUEFIELD, AMARILLO..., by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Rubber spins on white-lined asphalt
Last Line: On a divided highway of youth %and america rolls by
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


MISS SUMMERFEST, by SUSAN FIRER    Poem Source                
First Line: First, the mandatory poses
Subject(s): Sports


MISSED INDICATORS, by BOB STANLEY    Poem Source                
First Line: Somewhere in that last season
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


MISSOULA SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT, by RICHARD HUGO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This summer, most friends out of town / and no wind playing flash and dazzle
Subject(s): Softball; Sports


MISSOULA SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT, by RICHARD HUGO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This summer, most friends out of town %and no wind playing flash and dazzle
Last Line: The wives, the beautiful wives are with their men
Subject(s): Softball; Sports


MONTREAL CARNIVAL SPORTS, by GEORGE MARTIN    Poem Source                
First Line: The frost king sat on a throne of snow
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


MOORER DENIES HOLYFIELD IN TWELVE, by OLENA KALYTIAK DAVIS    Poem Source                
First Line: Caesar's palace
Last Line: I had to let my cutman go
Subject(s): Sports


MOOSE-HUNTING IN WINTER, by ISAAC MCLELLAN JR.    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When the winter snowfall lies heavy and deep
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


MORNING AFTER, by DENNIS COOLEY    Poem Source                
Last Line: So loud it hurts
Subject(s): Cold; Marriage; Skating And Skaters; Snow; Sports; Winter


MORNING ATHLETES, by MARGE PIERCY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Most mornings we go running side by side
Subject(s): Sports; Women


MORNING ATHLETES, by MARGE PIERCY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Most mornings we go running side by side
Last Line: And we talk and pant, pant and talk %in the morning early and busy together
Subject(s): Sports; Women


MOST PLAYERS DON'T GO PRO, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
Last Line: Into the next %g e n er a tion
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


MOUSE, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Yesterday at batting practice
Last Line: And other things to teach - %but not on any fields that I knew of
Subject(s): Baseball; Mice; Sports; Warsaw, Poland


MUSCLES' HOUGEN COMES OUT OF SOFTBALL RETIREMENT, by JUDITH HOUGEN    Poem Source                
First Line: Years ago, I was so lovely
Last Line: Leather hand to reach into that much beauty
Subject(s): Baseball; Memory; Sports


MY BOAT, by RAYMOND CARVER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My boat is being made to order. Right now it's about to leave
Subject(s): Sports


MY FATHER DREAMS OF BASEBALL, by LAURENCE LIEBERMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: On hot september nights, when sleep is scarce
Last Line: The features are fixed with the dull metallic glow %of an ancient face, cast in bronze or brass
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


MY FATHER TOURED THE SOUTH, by JEANETTE NICHOLS    Poem Source                
First Line: My father and hs muscles
Subject(s): Sports


MY GRANDFATHER'S CAP, by DAVID ST. JOHN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There are so few photographs of him
Subject(s): Sports


MY GRANDFATHER'S CAP, by DAVID ST. JOHN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There are so few photographs of him
Last Line: Seems of this yet distant, yet pale, future %and now forever-rising moon
Subject(s): Sports


MY KNICKS ARE GOING TO BEAT YOUR SPURS.............., by CATHERINE BOWMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Spurs knicks spurs knicks spurs knicks spurs knicks spurs
Last Line: Spurs knicks spurs knicks spurs knicks spurs knicks spurs knicks
Subject(s): Sports


MYSTERY BASEBALL, by PHILIP DACEY    Poem Source                
First Line: No one knows the man who throws out the season's first ball
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


NARRATIVE: ALI; A POEM IN TWELVE ROUNDS, by ELIZABETH ALEXANDER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My head so big
Last Line: Myself, %muhammad
Subject(s): Ali, Muhammad (cassius Clay); Boxing And Boxers; Sports


NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF THE BULLET, by PATRICK WORTH GRAY    Poem Source                
First Line: Our quarterback kept throwing higher
Subject(s): Sports


NEED TO WIN, by THOMAS JAMES MERTON    Poem Source                
First Line: When an archer is shouting for nothing
Subject(s): Sports


NEVER BE AS FAST AS I HAVE BEEN, by ROBERT HAHN    Poem Source                
First Line: When tony was found dead in his
Subject(s): Sports


NEW WORDS, by JIM DANIELS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Saturday afternoon, alone in the living room
Last Line: To my dartboard and took my pleasure. %pimp, I whispered, pimp
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


NEW WORLD IN THE MORNING, by NORMAN GERMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Somewhere on the outskirts
Last Line: Tonight they subdue with serenity. %next year they take the title
Subject(s): Sports


NIGHT GAME, by ROLFE HUMPHRIES    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Only bores are bored, --wrote william saroyan
Last Line: Alike and different, after the game is over, %streaming away to the exit, and underground
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


NIGHT GAME, by ROBERT PINSKY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Some of us believe
Last Line: He refused to pitch on yom kippur
Subject(s): Baseball; Fasts And Feasts; Ford, Edward ("whitey"); Jews; Koufax, Sandy; Sports; Worship; Yom Kippur


NIGHT GAME IN MENOMONIE PARK, by SUSAN FIRER    Poem Source                
Last Line: Saint mary of czestochowa throws a small festival, but %oshkosh women's softball - that's a whole ot
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


NIGHT GAMES, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: It's hard %to come
Last Line: Taking my place in the order
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


NIGHT IN CLEVELAND, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Late innings, we're winning %cleveland indians surround
Last Line: As voices and syllables %blend in a chorus of boooooos
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


NIGHT JOE LOUIS WENT 21-0 BY DROPPING TAMI MAURIELLO, by WILLIAM KLOEFKORN    Poem Source                
First Line: I'm babysitting he garlow boy
Last Line: We'd otherwise indulge by crying
Subject(s): African Americans; Boxing And Boxers; Louis, Joe (1914-1981); Sports


NIGHT ON THE SKATING RINK, by GEORGE MARTIN    Poem Source                
First Line: Our rink is in motion %like waves of the ocean
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


NIGHT RUNNER'S PRAYER, by MYKIE SILZ REIDY    Poem Source                
First Line: Tonight I run past the city limit
Subject(s): Sports


NINE CHARMS AGAINST THE HUNTER, by DAVID WAGONER                    Poet's Biography
First Line: In the last bar on the way to your wild game
Subject(s): Hate; Sports


NINE CHARMS AGAINST THE HUNTER, by DAVID WAGONER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the last bar on the way to your wild game
Last Line: Whose dull knife beats the inside of your chest
Subject(s): Hate; Sports


NINE TRIADS, by LILLIAN MORRISON    Poem Source                
First Line: Three grand arcs
Subject(s): Sports


NO SECOND PLACE, by BOB STANLEY    Poem Source                
First Line: Just as you remember
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


NOBODY'S FAN, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Buck paulson, you were big
Last Line: We wouldn't know for years %what you had done
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


NORTH, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Calgary's a jewel %and an appalling place for baseball
Last Line: Enough %baseball for one night
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


NORTHERN MINNESOTA, by MONTA W. KIRKCONNELL    Poem Text                
First Line: Land of lakes, where pines stand tall
Last Line: For the northland winter sport!
Subject(s): Lakes; Minnesota; Sports; Pools; Ponds


NORTHERN TRAPPERS TRAIL, by GEORGE WELDON    Poem Source                
First Line: Have you ever stooped in the frosty morn
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


NORTHERN WINTER'S WELCOME, by C. TURNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Hurrah for the ski! And the taut snowshoe
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


NOTHING BUT BAD NEWS, by JENNIFER RICHTER    Poem Source                
First Line: As the man next door on his porch %too small for bleachers or an ump
Last Line: Too many out there %laughing themselves sick
Subject(s): Sports


NOTHING BUT NET, by ROY MARTIN SCHEELE    Poem Source                
First Line: The jump shot? It's all in the wrist
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


NOTRE DAME VICTORY MARCH, by JOHN SHEA    Poem Source                
First Line: Cheer, cheer for old notre dame
Subject(s): Notre Dame University; Sports


NUDE SWIM, by ANNE SEXTON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On the southwest side of capri
Last Line: Shut down as if they were %suddenly ashamed
Subject(s): God; Religion; Sports


OBJECTS OF PITY, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Full many a big and brawny youth
Last Line: Who can neither play nor shout!
Subject(s): College Sports; Lament; Pity


OCTOBER, by DAVID ZAUHAR    Poem Source                
First Line: After osip mandelstram
Last Line: That sent everybody home %introspective and afraid
Subject(s): Sports; Trees


ODE TO BEN OGILVIE, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Spied you %in batting practice
Last Line: That lethal swing %out of overconfidence
Subject(s): Baseball; Ogilvie, Ben; Sports


ODE TO DICK HOWSER, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: He wore highway patrol sunglasses
Last Line: And always saved %that pat on the back
Subject(s): Baseball; Howser, Dick (1937-1987); Sports


ODE TO WEIGHT LIFTING, by GARY SOTO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tony eats apples
Last Line: With a paw swiping at air
Subject(s): Sports


OF KINGS AND THINGS, by LILLIAN MORRISON    Poem Source                
First Line: What happened to joey on our block
Last Line: Disappearing down the street %skinny and shining in the nightfall light
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


OF SKATING, by COULSON KERNAHAN    Poem Source                
First Line: She's just at my back, and
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


OFFENSIVE DEFENSIVE, by RICHARD ARMOUR    Poem Source                
First Line: Our team, though quite tall
Last Line: Who sits up on top of the basket
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


OH LET ME FLY LIKE MICHAEL, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Over %the s t r e t c h I n g hands
Last Line: Oh let me fly like michael
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


OKLAHOMA YANKEE, by LOUIS DOMINICK SCALZETTO    Poem Source                
First Line: A budding ballplayer named mickey mantle
Last Line: Mickey mantle, the oklahoma yankee %will forever be the american inspiration
Subject(s): Baseball; Mantle, Mickey (1931-1995); Sports


OLD (G)LOVE, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Mushy leather %burnt brown
Last Line: And holding you %feels so right
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


OLD MEN PLAYING BASKETBALL, by B. H. FAIRCHILD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The heavy bodies lunge, the broken language
Subject(s): Lathes; Sports


OLD MEN PLAYING BASKETBALL, by B. H. FAIRCHILD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The heavy bodies lunge, the broken language
Last Line: At their backs. The ball turns in the darkening air
Subject(s): Lathes; Sports


OLD WARHORSE PITCHING COACH TO YOUNG COLT, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: He said %ya gotta strap it on
Last Line: That's what I thought %as I nodded my head
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


OLD-FASHIONED SPORTSMEN, by FRANCIS OSBERT SACHEVERELL SITWELL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We thank thee
Alternate Author Name(s): Sitwell, Sir Osbert; Sitwell, Osbert
Subject(s): Sports


ON AN EARLY EVENING IN LATE JUNE, ALMOST ANYWHERE, by JONATHAN HOLDEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Rock an' fire! Be a hitter! Way to be!
Last Line: Haranguing them, driving them into the dust, singing %the only song they know: be. Be
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ON CEDAR LAKE, 1957, by RUTH FIRESTONE BRIN    Poem Source                
First Line: Before our skates had touched the pond that day
Last Line: Take flight and dip and swerve %like gulls. We fly, we fly
Subject(s): Prayer; Sports


ON DECK, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: I'm 'in the hole' %as they call it
Last Line: The voice of god %bellows my name
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ON THE FIELDS OF RUGBY, by M. ANNE SWEET    Poem Source                
First Line: Water bleeds from my face
Last Line: Naked in a wind of bitter blades?
Subject(s): Perspiration; Sports


ON THE TENNIS COURT AT NIGHT, by GALWAY KINNELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We step out on the green rectangle
Last Line: As winter comes on, all the winters to come
Subject(s): Sports; Tennis


ON THE TENNIS COURT AT NIGHT, by GALWAY KINNELL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We step out on the green rectangle
Last Line: As winter comes on, all the winters to come
Subject(s): Sports; Tennis


ON THE TOMB OF KALAMACHIUS, THE JOGGER, by ELLIOT RICHMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: He slowed once
Subject(s): Sports


ON TO CUBE!, by FRANKLIN MCDUFFEE    Poem Source                
First Line: Listen to the wind, fellows
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


ON WEATHERING GALES, by ELISAVIETTA RITCHIE    Poem Source                
First Line: Whether to rig the sea anchor
Subject(s): Sports


ONE TO NOTHING, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The bibulous eagle behind me at the ball game:
Last Line: Shucks a'mighty. If you're an eagle, you just go.
Subject(s): Baseball; Birds; Eagles; Sports; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


OPENING DAY, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Every fan is packed as closely as a neatly packed
Last Line: Baseball has been duly started—it's the close of opening day!
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


OPENING DAY, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: The event %like the playoffs, all-star game, world series
Last Line: In a world of war %between white lines
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ORIGIN OF BASEBALL, by KENNETH PATCHEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Someone had been walking in and out
Last Line: So he wanted to throw something %and he picked up a baseball
Subject(s): Anger; Baseball; Sports


ORLANDO'S MAGIC, by WILLIAM REVAS    Poem Source                
First Line: I know, a rookie
Last Line: That's a poem right there
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


OSCAR ROBERTSON: PERIPHERAL VISION, by WILLIAM (BILL) PEARLMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: They clear the left side for him
Last Line: And painfully kept open %corners of his eyes
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


OTHERWISE EMPTY PUBLIC POOL (1965), by DEZSO TANDORI    Poem Source                
First Line: As if we were at an empty pool
Last Line: Among other things
Subject(s): Diving And Divers; Lakes; Sports; Swimming; Water


OUR HARDY DADS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Our daddies sat upon unpainted planks
Last Line: Our daddies must have been the all-wool stuff!
Subject(s): Baseball; Fathers; Past; Sports


OUR SKATER BELLE, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Along the frozen lake she comes
Last Line: "from grace to grace successive led, / a noble maiden, nobler wife!"
Subject(s): Nature;skating & Skaters;sports


OUT FISHING, by BARBARA HOWES    Poem Source                
First Line: We went out, early one morning
Subject(s): Sports


OUT IN LEFT FIELD, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Crack! %the world contracts: a spot of white
Last Line: With stitches %to earth, to the raised mound
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


OUT ON THE COURSE, by WILLIAM J. VERNON    Poem Source                
First Line: On roads, the race drew me outside
Subject(s): Sports


OUTCAST; A TALE OF A LADIES' CRICKET MATCH, by PELHAM GRENVILLE WODEHOUSE    Poem Source                
First Line: Out in the silent rockies
Last Line: There's a thin, sad, pale, grey hermit: %folks know him as 'jaundiced jim'
Subject(s): Courtship; Cricket (game); Man-woman Relationships; Men; Service, Robert (1874-1958); Sports


OVER THE FENCE IS OUT, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: In home-away- %from-home green
Last Line: Three %machine guns trained on me
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


OVER THE ICE WITH A CURVING SWING, by EDWARD W. SANDYS    Poem Source                
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


PARADISE, by MICHAEL ALAN MCFEE    Poem Source                
First Line: We arrive by shuttle bus, precious tickets
Last Line: Into the dry moat behind the outfield wall %that we fill with our cries of joyful disbelief
Subject(s): Baseball; Games; Sports


PARALLEL BARS, by JEFFREY STOCKWELL    Poem Source                
First Line: The sun reveals the galaxy of dust
Subject(s): Sports


PARENTHETICAL STATEMENT FOR THE SEVENTH GAME, by BOBBY BYRD    Poem Source                
First Line: (there is very little poetry ...)
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


PASSAGE RITE, by JOHN CADDY    Poem Source                
First Line: They call them wet and dry
Subject(s): Sports


PASTTIME, by EMILIO DEGRAZIA    Poem Source                
First Line: A girl, nine years of wonder
Subject(s): Sports


PAT MORAN, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He lived the game-to him 'twas all; yet he
Last Line: The game is better for the part he bore.
Subject(s): Baseball; Leadership; Moran, Pat (1876-1924); Sports


PATRICK EWING TAKES A FOUL SHOT, by DIANE ACKERMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Ewing sweating, %molding the ball
Last Line: And pupils jump %because he jumps
Subject(s): Basketball; Ewing, Patrick (b. 1962); Sports


PAUL O'NEILL, DESCENDANT OF MARK TWAIN, STARTS US DOWN THE WIDE RIVER, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: With that whimsical lift of his right foot
Last Line: Five daggers of an unleashed star
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


PENANCE, by SHERMAN ALEXIE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I remember sun
Last Line: They can possibly hold
Subject(s): Sports


PENANCE, by SHERMAN ALEXIE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I remember sun
Last Line: Ness, between the hands reach- %ing up and everything %they can possibly hold
Subject(s): Sports


PERSONAL BEST, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: In the end the ball slides in down the hoop
Last Line: A d d I t I o n. %personal best
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


PERSONAL HISTORY OF THE CURVEBALL, by JONATHAN HOLDEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It came to us like sex
Last Line: Or the strikeout victim have %to mean what cannot be and means what is?
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


PHOTOGRAPH, by BARBARA DRAKE    Poem Source                
First Line: I promised to take your picture
Subject(s): Sports


PHOTOGRAPH OF MY FATHER IN HIS TWENTY-SECOND YEAR, by RAYMOND CARVER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: October. Here in this dank, unfamiliar kitchen
Last Line: And don't even know the places to fish?
Subject(s): Sports


PICKEREL-FISHING, by ISAAC MCLELLAN JR.    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Wide o'er the lake's transparent plain
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


PIKE, by THEODORE ROETHKE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The river turns
Last Line: The pike strikes
Subject(s): Sports


PIONEER LEAGUE, BUTTE V. POCATELLO, by FORD SWETNAM    Poem Source                
First Line: Fertilizer plants in their summer layoff
Last Line: We have another chance to catch the runner
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


PITCHER, by ROBERT FRANCIS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: His art is eccentricity, his aim
Subject(s): Baseball; Language; Men; Sports; Words; Vocabulary


PITCHER, by ROBERT FRANCIS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: His art is eccentricity, his aim
Last Line: Not to, yet still, still to communicate %making the batter understand too late
Subject(s): Baseball; Language; Men; Sports


PITCHER IS A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN AN OLD MOVIE, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: Who batting could not hit their own weight
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


PITCHER'S JUICE, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Adrenaline and blood flow, mix
Last Line: Frustrated %frozen in his work
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


PITCHING COUPS, by RON WELBURN    Poem Source                
First Line: The arc of the pitching arm %unwinds a circle of dreams
Last Line: Pitchers all. %coyotes too. %'skins
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


PITTSBURGH, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: It's fifteen years since pittsburgh town
Last Line: They'll realize their dream!
Subject(s): Baseball; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Sports; Victory


PLACE, by BOB HICOK                    Poet's Biography
First Line: A speedball at the old college above olmsted's
Subject(s): College Sports


PLACE, by BOB HICOK    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A speedball at the old college above olmsted's
Last Line: More sustaining than panic, bones %to cherish as if unearthing treasure
Subject(s): College Sports


PLAY BALL!, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Flags dance, bands bray, the gates are thrown ajar;
Last Line: "to that one crashing chorus of ""play ball!"
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Sports


PLAYERS, by E. ETHELBERT MILLER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When mickey mantle died
Subject(s): Baseball; Mantle, Mickey (1931-1995); Sports


PLAYERS, by E. ETHELBERT MILLER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When mickey mantle died
Last Line: Projects so many could %not escape
Subject(s): Baseball; Mantle, Mickey (1931-1995); Sports


PLAYERS, by RUTH ROSTON    Poem Source                
First Line: Early october, maple trees
Subject(s): Sports


PLAYING BASKETBALL WITH THE VIET CONG, by KEVIN BOWEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You never thought it would come to this
Subject(s): Politics & Government; Soldiers' Writings; Sports; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


PLAYING BASKETBALL WITH THE VIET CONG, by KEVIN BOWEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You never thought it would come to this
Last Line: There may be other scores to settle
Subject(s): Politics; Soldiers' Writings; Sports; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975


PLAYING SOLITAIRE, by STEVEN FORTNEY    Poem Source                
First Line: My teacher and I sit down
Subject(s): Sports


PLAYING THE GAME, by BARBARA GOLDOWSKY    Poem Source                
First Line: You stick out your fist: stone
Subject(s): Games; Sports


PLAYING TIME, by THERESA PAPPAS    Poem Source                
First Line: On the front steps, our mothers wait for us, flushed
Subject(s): Games; Sports


POEM FOR ED WHITEY FORD, by JONATHAN HOLDEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I wanted my name %curt: ed %ford: a name that gave away
Last Line: Empty, cruel, accurate. %our beauty pure expertise
Subject(s): Baseball; Ford, Edward ("whitey"); Sports


POEM FOR MY FATHER, by QUINCY TROUPE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Father, it was an honor to be there, in the dugout
Last Line: Father, a harbinger, of shock waves, soon come
Subject(s): African Americans; Baseball; Fathers & Sons; Sports; Negroes; American Blacks


POEM FOR THE 1985 SEASON OF DOUBLE A BALL ..., by BOBBY BYRD    Poem Source                
First Line: Last night I saw mike cuellar
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


POETS' CORNER, by WILLIAM TROWBRIDGE    Poem Source                
First Line: They put me in right field
Last Line: Little priss, some kind %of percy bitch shelby
Subject(s): Baseball; Memory; Sports


POINT GUARD, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: You bring the ball down the court
Subject(s): Sports


POINT SCORED, by CHARLOTTE CARDENAS DWYER    Poem Source                
First Line: Up against the backboard
Last Line: Almost in
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


POLE VAULTER (1), by DAVID ALLAN EVANS    Poem Source                
First Line: The approach to the bar
Last Line: (knowing the best jump %can be cancelled %by a careless elbow) %and open my hands
Subject(s): Sports; Track Athletics


POLO GROUNDS, by ROLFE HUMPHRIES    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Time is of the essence. This is a highly skilled
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


POLO PONIES PRACTICING, by WALLACE STEVENS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The constant cry against an old order
Subject(s): Sports


POLO PONIES PRACTICING, by WALLACE STEVENS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The constant cry against an old order
Last Line: On the shapes of the mind
Subject(s): Sports


POOL IS A GODLESS SPORT, by JAMES HAUG    Poem Source                
First Line: I like the articulate crack %the cue ball makes
Last Line: Fresh as promise, %and let the rolling geometry %plot our next move
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders; Pool And Billiards; Sports


POP, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Issue of my miraculous news
Last Line: You're never %too young, either
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


POP, POP, POP!, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Pop goes the pop fly
Last Line: Pop, pop, pop!
Subject(s): Baseball; Drinks & Drinking; Sound; Sports; Wine


POST CARD OUT OF PANAMA, by WILLIAM D. BARNEY    Poem Source                
First Line: The young man at the plate, bat bristling
Last Line: With every sinew, bone and cell alive-- %my father was exceedingly rich
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


PRACTICE, by TIMOTHY REID STEELE    Poem Source                
First Line: The basketball you walk around the court
Last Line: Returning it to you on the ricochet
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


PREDATOR, by JR. CHARLES R. SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: Perched in hiding like a hawk
Last Line: And retreats to the nest until the next play
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


PREFONTAINE, by CHARLES GHIGNA    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He wore old oregon on his chest
Subject(s): Sports


PREPAREDNEDD, by FELICIA LAMPORT    Poem Source                
First Line: When you've had yourself accoutered
Subject(s): Sports


PROMETHEUS AT FENWAY, by CHARLES LAURENCE NORTH    Poem Source                
First Line: Carl yastrzemski, the boston red sox outfielder/first
Last Line: Running the turf of our years
Subject(s): Baseball; Fenway Park, Boston; Mythology - Classical; Sports


PROSPERO CALIBAN CRICKET, by JOHN AGARD    Poem Source                
First Line: Prospero batting %caliban bowling
Last Line: But from far it look like politics
Subject(s): Cricket (game); Sports


PUMPING IRON (1), by DIANE ACKERMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: She doesn't want %the bunchy look %of male lifters
Last Line: A trim waist %two hands might grip %as a bouquet
Subject(s): Sports; Weight Lifting


Q&A, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: He asked %microphone in hand
Last Line: I realized %my daddy said a lot of things
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


QUESTION AND ANSWER (2), by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "what is that, mother?"
Last Line: That he is swell enough to play at golf?
Subject(s): Games;golf;mothers;sports; Recreation;pastimes;amusements


QUITE FREQUENTLY, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The manager, with stony glare,
Last Line: The ozone green and blue!
Subject(s): Baseball; Leadership; Sports


RABBIT-HUNTER, by ROBERT FROST    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Careless and still
Last Line: (nor I) have wit %to comprehend
Subject(s): Sports


RACE AT PETIT COTE, by WILLIAM EDWARD BAUBIE    Poem Source                
First Line: Did you ever see mah ponay -
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


RACER'S WIDOW, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: The elements have merged into solicitude
Last Line: How even he did not get to keep that lovely body
Subject(s): Sports


RADIO WONDERS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The sacks were full, the babe was up--
Last Line: Be planted out in mars!
Subject(s): Baseball; Ruth, George Herman (babe) (1895-1948); Sports


RAIN DELAY, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: In the box seats %the bright, laughing umbrellas are smug
Last Line: Decks of cards with rainy %bad-weather hearts
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


RAINMAKER, by JR. CHARLES R. SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: Rainmaker steps %on court %to perform
Last Line: And all this was done %without breaking a sweat
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


RAVENS, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: We do wind sprints, we play catch
Last Line: All right, all the way to moscow boom boom %and landing on lenin's tomb
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; Warsaw, Poland


REF, by JACK ROGERS RIDL    Poem Source                
First Line: Heading for the next game, ref
Last Line: The game easy, the outcome %one's he sure of
Subject(s): Basketball - Referees; Sports; Sports - Corrupt Practices


REGGIE, by ELOISE GREENFIELD    Poem Source                
First Line: It's summertime %and reggie doesn't live here anymore
Last Line: Thinks he's kareem %and not my brother
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


RELIEF PITCHING, by TED FLOREA    Poem Source                
First Line: Because his dad was coach
Last Line: My dreams too wild %to say out loud
Subject(s): Baseball; Fathers And Sons; Sports


REMEMBERING YOU, by MAXINE W. KUMIN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Skiing the mountain alone
Alternate Author Name(s): Kumin, Maxine
Subject(s): Sports


RETRIEVING OLD BONES, by WILLIAM SHELDON    Poem Source                
First Line: The lightning drives him %upstairs
Last Line: Under %as long as it takes
Subject(s): Sports


REUNION: SWIMMING, by WILLIAM JOSEPH MEISSNER    Poem Source                
First Line: To save yourself
Subject(s): Sports


REVISITING THE FIELD (2), by WALTER DAVID PAVLICH    Poem Source                
First Line: I come back to cold lights
Last Line: Didn't we all block big as trees?
Subject(s): Baseball; Fields; Memory; Sports


REWASH, by MYRA COHN LIVINGSTON    Poem Source                
First Line: Like it %was a greased pig
Last Line: Pounded us, we played good enough to win
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


RIDING LESSON, by HENRY SPLAWN TAYLOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I learned two things
Subject(s): Horseback Riding; Sports


RIDING LESSON, by HENRY SPLAWN TAYLOR    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I learned two things
Last Line: They're gonna throw you, get off'
Subject(s): Horseback Riding; Sports


RIGH WHERE HE LEFT OFF, by CRAIG WEEDEN    Poem Source                
First Line: Big willie's back for the war
Subject(s): Sports


RIGHT CROSS, by PHILIP LEVINE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The sun rising over the mountains
Last Line: Back to our beds for the day's last work
Subject(s): Sports


RING LARDNER WATCHES THE BABE TAKE BATTING PRACTICE, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Oh how his flesh of plenty
Last Line: The envious hearts of angels
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


RIVALS, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: In scattered dodger neats
Last Line: More so than when they played
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


ROAN HUNTER, by JANA HARRIS    Poem Source                
First Line: Again she learns to move
Subject(s): Sports


ROCK CLIMBERS, by ROBERT FRANCIS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In this soft age, in my soft %middle age, the rock climbers
Last Line: Craggy to break the mind %on and to cool the mind
Subject(s): Sports


RODEO TANGENT, by KENDRA BORGMANN    Poem Source                
First Line: Woman in front of you's black hair blowing over itself-some man loves
Last Line: Mouth-does he hold it back-does the night smell like yarrow crushed %underfoot
Subject(s): Rodeos; Sports


ROGER MARIS, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: In 1961, when j.F.K. Brought his dazzling wife
Last Line: And tried with their might to hold him up
Subject(s): Baseball; Maris, Roger (1934-1985); New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


ROUNDHOUSE VOICES, by DAVE SMITH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In full glare of sunlight I came here, man-tall but thin
Last Line: On my knees to cry, who the hell are you, kid
Subject(s): Baseball; Railroads; Sports


RUN BEFORE DAWN, by WILLIAM EDGAR STAFFORD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Most mornings I get away, slip out
Last Line: Of darkness, the world going by, and my breath, and the road
Subject(s): Sports


RUNNING, by BRENDAN JAMES GALVIN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Experts say for me to do it well
Last Line: Dowitcher coot yellowlegs %brant bufflehead knot
Subject(s): Sports


RUNNING, by RICHARD WILBUR    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What were we playing? Was it prisoner's base
Subject(s): Sports


RUNNING OF THE BALL, by JR. CHARLES R. SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: Slippery slidin' %soles %make molds
Last Line: Crush %the tin
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


RUNNING: 2. PATRIOT'S DAY, by RICHARD WILBUR    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Restless that noble day, appeased by soft
Last Line: Rocked in his will, at rest within his run
Subject(s): Sports


RUNNING: 3. DODWELLS HILL ROAD, by RICHARD WILBUR    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I jog up out of the woods
Last Line: Flying full tilt already
Subject(s): Sports


RUSS JOY LITTLE LEAGUE, by DOUGLAS CARLSON    Poem Source                
First Line: God help me, liberal mothers
Last Line: To a jetty where we sit growing older, %not competing with fish we never catch
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


RYNE DUREN, YANKEE RELIEVER, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: As a nation sleeping under ike
Last Line: A whole decade nobody saw
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


S.E., by CELIA LEIGHTON THAXTER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: She passes up and down life's various ways
Last Line: Makes her more precious and more wise and dear.
Subject(s): Baseball; Mothers; Sports


SACRIFICE, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: It was like a kamikaze
Last Line: I ain't that stupid
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SACRIFICE BUNT, by LUCKY JACOBS    Poem Source                
First Line: You hold the bat at eye-level
Subject(s): Sports


SAILING, by DOROTHY ALLEN    Poem Text                
First Line: Swiftly cutting through the water
Last Line: Nor sigh; but sing and laugh with me.
Subject(s): Boats; Play; Sailing & Sailors; Sports; Waves; Seamen; Sails


SAILING, by AL ZOLYNAS    Poem Source                
First Line: After years by the ocean
Subject(s): Sports


SAILING, SAILING, by LILLIAN MORRISON    Poem Source                
First Line: There is no impeding
Last Line: Of the ocean %get the basin
Subject(s): Sports


SAL MAGLIE, by DAVID HENDERSON    Poem Source                
First Line: Time grew upon his beard
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SATAN VOWS TO MAKE A COMEBACK, by PHILIP WEDGE    Poem Source                
First Line: Yeah, they're sending me down to the lowest
Last Line: The union won't stand for less than equal %shares all round.Man, I'm talking equity
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SAY GOODBYE TO BIG DADDY, by RANDALL JARRELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Big daddy lipscomb, who used to help them up
Subject(s): Football; Lipscomb, Eugene ('big Daddy'); Sports


SAY GOODBYE TO BIG DADDY, by RANDALL JARRELL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Big daddy lipscomb, who used to help them up
Last Line: The world won't be the same without big daddy %or else it will be
Subject(s): Football; Lipscomb, Eugene ("big Daddy"); Sports


SCENE LENDS ITS AID, by O'HARA BAYNES    Poem Source                
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SCHSSSSSSSSS, by MARTIN STEINGESSER    Poem Source                
First Line: Schusssssssss %swoop %-steel %edge/to/ice/edge
Last Line: Across the blue %snow mountain %air
Variant Title(s): The Skibombe
Subject(s): Skiing; Sports


SCRUT GETS MARTY CROWE FOR SOCIAL STUDIES, by GEORGE+(2) ROBERTS    Poem Source                
First Line: And while his gray voice drones on from the front desk
Subject(s): Sports


SEASIDE GOLF, by JOHN BETJEMAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How straight it flew, how long it flew
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


SEASON WISH, by LINDA MIZEJEWSKI    Poem Source                
First Line: In turns of season
Last Line: Built for me stone bases %on his knees there in the dirt
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SELF-PORTRAIT WITH 1911 NY YANKEES CAP, by FLOYD SKLOOT    Poem Source                
First Line: The subtlest approach would be to ignore
Last Line: I was wearing gives me a new idea %which, as I turn to note it, I forget.
Subject(s): Baseball; Physical Disabilities; Sports


SEPTEMBER IN THE BLEACHERS, by THOMAS WILLARD CLARK    Poem Source                
First Line: In the bathroom the bad dudes
Last Line: He goes right ahead & does it before my eyes
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark, Tom
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SERVANTS, by BRENDAN KENNELLY    Poem Source                
First Line: I dream, ophelia, how I'd love
Last Line: I'll be your caddy
Subject(s): Golf; Relationships; Shakespeare - Hamlet; Sports


SEVENTH ROUND, by JAMES INGRAM MERRILL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Give it to him!
Last Line: Drop your own. Take
Subject(s): Sports


SEX WITHOUT LOVE, by SHARON OLDS    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: How do they do it, the ones who make love
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Lust; Sex; Sports


SEX WITHOUT LOVE, by SHARON OLDS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How do they do it, the ones who make love
Last Line: Single body alone in the universe %against it own best time
Subject(s): Erotic Love; Lust; Sex; Sports


SHADOW BOXING, by JAMES TATE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes you almost get a punch in
Subject(s): Boxing & Boxers; Sports


SHADOW BOXING, by JAMES TATE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes you almost get a punch in
Last Line: And larger, darker and darker. The black moon
Subject(s): Boxing And Boxers; Sports


SHADOW DANCING, by JR. CHARLES R. SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: Shadows %dance %and prance
Last Line: Beat %of %my %groove
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


SHADOW-CASTING, by JAMES GALVIN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This boy's father dies. / fine. / it always happens. / the boy knows
Last Line: This boy, it always happens, doesnít know what to do anymore
Subject(s): Death; Fathers & Sons; Fish & Fishing; Life; Sports; Dead, The; Anglers


SHE SKATES ALONE, AND SWIFT AS SWALLOWS FLY, by PHILIP VERRILL MIGHELS    Poem Source                
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SHERWOOD MCGEE, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Dusk was approaching, when the lengthy game
Last Line: Such matchless doings by one s. Magee!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Sports


SHOOTING, by B. H. FAIRCHILD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Dusk was best. Searching
Last Line: Somewhere in the dark
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


SHOOTING OF THE MOOSE, by THEODORE GOODRIDGE ROBERTS    Poem Source                
First Line: All day through woodland stillnesses
Alternate Author Name(s): Roberts, T. G.
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SIDE LINE PLAYS, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: She %grips the wide %drip
Last Line: S l a m d u n k s %junk %into baskets
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


SIDEWALK RACER, OR ON THE SKATEBOARD, by LILLIAN MORRISON    Poem Source                
First Line: Skimming %an asphalt sea
Last Line: Human auto %mobile
Subject(s): Imagination; Skating And Skaters; Sports


SIGN FOR MY FATHER, WHO STRESSED THE BUNT, by DAVID BOTTOMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On the rough diamond
Last Line: I'm getting a grip on the sacrifice.
Subject(s): Baseball; Fathers; Selflessness; Sports


SILVER SURFER, by JEFF HALBERT    Poem Source                
First Line: He begins at midnight. He paddles
Last Line: Soon you won't hear him anymore. %then he will not be there
Subject(s): Night; Sports; Water


SKAITER'S MARCH, by CHARLES DIBDIN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This snell and frosty morning
Alternate Author Name(s): Dibdin, Charles Isaac Mungo; Dibdin, Charles, Jr.
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKATE, by LAUREL BLOSSOM    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Off %balance, into the wide wide world
Subject(s): Sports


SKATE, by NANCY VIEIRA COUTO    Poem Source                
First Line: What she has gotten herself into is a boat
Last Line: As if nothing had happened
Subject(s): Sailors And Sailing; Sea Voyages; Skating And Skaters; Sports; Storms; Women


SKATEBOARD, by THOMSON WILLIAM GUNN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tow head on his skateboard
Last Line: Therefore suggest the spirit
Alternate Author Name(s): Gunn, Thom
Subject(s): Skateboards; Sports; Youth


SKATEBOARDS, by JULIA VINOGRAD    Poem Source                
First Line: I watch the skateboard rodeo
Last Line: Soon, they'll be riding beds %down the center of the street,%leaning on lovers like horns %to warn o
Subject(s): Skateboards; Sports


SKATER, by TED KOOSER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: She was all in black but for a yellow pony tail
Subject(s): Memory; Skating & Skaters; Sports


SKATER, by TED KOOSER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: She was all in black but for a yellow pony tail
Last Line: At the woman she'd been just an instant before
Subject(s): Memory; Skating And Skaters; Sports


SKATER, by CHARLES GEORGE DOUGLAS ROBERTS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My glad feet shod with the glittering steel
Last Line: And I turned and fled, like a soul pursued, %from the white,inviolate solitude
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKATER, by ORTH HARPER STEIN    Poem Source                
First Line: Beneath her skates the curved steel bars
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKATER AND WOLVES, by GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE    Poem Source                
First Line: Swifter the flight! Far, far and high
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKATER BELLE, by SAMUEL MINTURN PECK    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Along the ice I see her fly
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKATER IN BLUE, by JAY PARINI    Poem Source                
First Line: The lid broke, and suddenly the child
Subject(s): Drowning; Sports


SKATER'S SONG AT NIGHT, by HORACE SPENCER FISKE    Poem Source                
First Line: When glass-like glints the cracking ice
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKATER'S VALENTINE, by ARTHUR GUITERMAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What if the air has a nipping tooth!
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKATERS, by JOHN GOULD FLETCHER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Black swallows swooping or gliding
Subject(s): Sports


SKATERS, by MARY HEILING    Poem Text                
First Line: Silver flashes / across the ice in rhythm swinging
Last Line: Across the ice, raising silvered dust at turn of heel.
Subject(s): Skating & Skaters; Sports


SKATERS, by CHARLES GORDON ROGERS    Poem Source                
First Line: Far in the west the dead day's pyre
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKATERS, by VERN RUTSALA    Poem Source                
First Line: There are many tonight and the rink
Last Line: The rubber-kneed drunks, bad %music in the background, %and love pledged in the balcony
Subject(s): Breughel The Elder, Pieter (1530-1569); Sports


SKATERS' SONG, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Away on the glist'ning plain we go
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKATING, by PHILIP DACEY    Poem Source                
First Line: Skating on the surface of my life
Subject(s): Sports


SKATING, by KATE NORTHROP    Poem Source                
First Line: It was saturday,
Last Line: Through the rise of pines.
Subject(s): Cold; Skating And Skaters; Sports; Water; Winter


SKATING, by JAMES GATES PERCIVAL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We speed o'er the star-lighted mirror along
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKATING AFTER SCHOOL, by BARBARA CROOKER    Poem Source                
First Line: In the space between school & supper
Subject(s): Sports


SKATING IN PLEASANT HILL, OHIO, by KATHLEEN ANN IDDINGS    Poem Source                
First Line: I flew past theising's drug store
Last Line: I'd say, 'not today, my lavey,' %unstrap my skates %and scramble back up the hill
Subject(s): Sports


SKATING SONG, by JR. HORACE HOWARD FURNESS    Poem Source                
First Line: Fresh the breeze, the morning bright!
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKATING SONG, by ARTHUR GRISCOM    Poem Source                
First Line: As swift and light as a bird in flight
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKATING SONG, by CHRISTOPHER DARLINGTON MORLEY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Swing! Swing! Swing!
Alternate Author Name(s): Hall, Galway
Subject(s): Skating And Skaters; Sports


SKATING SONG, by DAVID POTTER    Poem Source                
First Line: The sound of the bugle over the hill -
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKATING SONG, by CHARLES GORDON ROGERS    Poem Source                
First Line: Whisper a song as we glide along, ye pines
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKATING SONG, by CORA ISABEL WARBURTON    Poem Text                
First Line: Moon so bright / stars alight
Last Line: Over the ice away.
Subject(s): Skating & Skaters; Sports


SKI CHANTY, by J. SWINBURNE    Poem Source                
First Line: The sky is blue, the snow lies deep
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKI SONG OF THE U.S. ARMY'S TENTH MOUNTAIN DIVISION, by W. T. LEVITT    Poem Source                
First Line: Men of steel and sons of mars
Subject(s): Sports


SKI-JOURNEY, by BJORNSTJERNE MARTINIUS BJORNSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How they go hurrying %how they go scurrying!
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKI-SONG OF THE BRAEMAR POSTMAN, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Ah! The tang o' the snell hill-air
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKIING, by BOBBI KATZ    Poem Source                
First Line: Skiing is like being %part of a mountain
Last Line: And the mountain is me
Subject(s): Sports


SKIS, by WALTER PRICHARD EATON    Poem Source                
First Line: A pale new moon hung in the western sky
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SKYDIVERS, by JOSEPH COLIN MURPHEY    Poem Source                
First Line: This is the fervent time
Subject(s): Sports


SLAM DUNK, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: The game
Last Line: Score! Score! Score
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


SLAM, DUNK, & HOOK, by YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Fast breaks. Lay ups. With mercury's
Last Line: Through a lyric slipknot %of joy, & we knew we were %beautiful & dangerous
Alternate Author Name(s): Brown, James Willie, Jr.
Subject(s): Sports


SLEEPER, by EDWARD FIELD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was the sissy of the block who nobody wanted on their %team
Last Line: If only he could find the special role
Alternate Author Name(s): Elliot, Bruce
Subject(s): Sports


SLEIGH RIDE, by ARTHUR GRISCOM    Poem Source                
First Line: When all the world is robed in white
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SLEIGH-RIDE SONG, by J. D. VINTON    Poem Source                
First Line: The silver moon is beaming
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SLEIGHING, by ORRIN CHALFONT PAINTER    Poem Source                
First Line: Brightly beams the moon tonight
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SLIDE, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Level %as the field
Last Line: By blood, relieved by dirt
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SLOW, by MARVIN BELL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I go out to find whatever comes %but the first fifteen minutes
Last Line: After the first two hours %(when it gets easier)
Subject(s): Sports


SMALL MIRACLES, by MARCIA SOUTHWICK    Poem Source                
First Line: Knitting lessons on the terrace. The old neighborhood
Last Line: And your highest goal is the perfectly struck golf ball
Subject(s): Golf; Miracles; Perfection; Sports


SNORKELING IN THE CARIBBEAN, by ALIXA DOOM    Poem Source                
First Line: Flapping flippered feet
Subject(s): Sports


SNOW SHOE TRAMP, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Up! Up! The morn is breaking
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SNOWSHOE TRAIL, by ISAAC RUSLING PENNYPACKER    Poem Source                
First Line: Out on the open windswept spaces
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SNOWSHOE TRAMP, by BEATRICE HARLOWE    Poem Source                
First Line: Away, away o'er the glittering snow
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SNOWSHOER, by THEODORE GOODRIDGE ROBERTS    Poem Source                
First Line: Under the moon and the stars
Alternate Author Name(s): Roberts, T. G.
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SNOWSHOERS SONG, by JOSEPH NEVIN DOYLE    Poem Source                
First Line: Tighten the toque, and girdle the sash
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SOCCER, by LEE BENNETT HOPKINS    Poem Source                
First Line: Twenty-two %prayers
Last Line: Sacred %ball
Subject(s): Sports


SOFTBALL AT JULIA TUTWILER PRISON, by RODNEY THEODORE SMITH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The pitcher shot her husband
Last Line: For guilt and the electric fence, %swing like hell for all of us
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, R. T.
Subject(s): Softball; Sports


SOFTBALL DREAMS, by KAREN KEVORKIAN    Poem Source                
First Line: I did not know why I liked it, all the waiting
Subject(s): Softball; Sports


SOLITARY PRACTICE, by WILLIAM REVAS    Poem Source                
First Line: Dribble, dribble and shoot
Last Line: Why can't I do this in a game
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


SOME PRACTICE, by JR. JAMES ROSCOE GRABILL    Poem Source                
First Line: The object might be the subject
Last Line: You can do what you do %roundly, in clarity
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


SOMETIME SPORTSMAN GREETS THE SPRING, by JOHN UPDIKE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When winter's glaze is lifted from the greens
Subject(s): Sports; Spring


SOMETIMES THE YANKEES LOVE US BACK, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: All the world's %pain with him
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


SONG BIRD OF THE SPRING, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: You make talk about your bobolinks, and the
Last Line: But the umpire is the bird of birds, the song-bird of the spring!
Subject(s): Baseball; Birds; Sports; Spring


SONG OF CONSOLATION FOR POOR GOLFERS, by EDGAR ALBERT GUEST    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Golf is an art, a timely knack
Last Line: So when you err with game at stake %part wity your pelf %then tell yourself %few great men ninety ev
Alternate Author Name(s): Guest, Eddie
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


SONG OF RACQUETBALL, by DAVID ALLAN EVANS    Poem Source                
First Line: I celebrate racquetball and sing racquetball
Last Line: I sit here close to the phone, waiting for you
Subject(s): Racquetball; Sports


SONG OF SNOHOMISH, by WILLIAM S. WALLACE    Poem Source                
First Line: Catfish, mudcat, ducky, coot
Subject(s): Sports


SONG OF THE CHAMOIS HUNTER, by THOMAS BUCHANAN READ    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, brave may be those bands, perchance
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SONG OF THE FISHERMAN'S LOVER, by ROSEANN LLOYD    Poem Source                
First Line: You stump your way through the tangled
Subject(s): Sports


SONG OF THE SKI, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: A king, I ween, it must have been
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SONG: TAKE WHO TAKES YOU, by FRED GARDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Ice man, magic, bird and mcadoo
Subject(s): Sports


SONGS OF THE CANADIAN WINTER, by JAMES K. LISTON    Poem Source                
First Line: Down the st. Lawrence winter storms begin
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SONJA HENIE SONNET, by EDWARD FIELD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In high school we danced trhe lindy white-style
Alternate Author Name(s): Elliot, Bruce
Subject(s): Sports


SORING, by KENT CARTWRIGHT    Poem Source                
First Line: The pass zaps
Subject(s): Sports


SOUNDS OF THE RESURRECTED DEAD MAN'S FOOTSTEPS (#24), by MARVIN BELL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A common goal-to defy gravity
Last Line: He is not mass but ballast %his fingerprints are intimate with gravity
Subject(s): Athletes; Sports


SPEAKING IN TONGUES, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: In a light just right
Last Line: And my guys are trying hard to catch %the lingo and the rhythm
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SPEARTHROWER, by LILLIAN MORRISON    Poem Source                
First Line: She walks alone %to the edge of the park
Last Line: Come on!
Subject(s): Sports


SPEED, by MONICA KULLING    Poem Source                
First Line: No hands %down the hill
Last Line: All I need
Subject(s): Sports


SPIEL, by HALVARD JOHNSON    Poem Source                
First Line: Touching the leg of a girl
Subject(s): Sports


SPIRIT OF THE CARNIVAL, by LILY ALICE LEFEVRE    Poem Source                
First Line: Onward! The people shouted
Last Line: Their honour brilliant as thy skies, %and stainless as thy snow!
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


SPITBALLER, by FRED CHAPPELL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A poet because his hand goes first
Last Line: He draws a second salary as maintenance man. %since while he pitches he waters the lawn
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SPORT STORY OF A WINNER, by GLYN MAXWELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He was a great ambassador for the game
Subject(s): Sports


SPORTING WITHOUT A LICENSE, by HORACE SMITH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There's a charm when spring is young
Last Line: What charm of life is wanting?
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Horatio
Subject(s): Charm; Death; Hunting; Singing & Singers; Sports; Spring; Dead, The; Hunters


SPORTS, by MARIE HARRIS    Poem Source                
First Line: Manny loves the gear. The cleats and shin pads, the balls and bats, clubs
Last Line: Rink music, weaving through the fabric of slower couples like a tailor's %needle. There's a pretty g
Subject(s): Activity; Adolescence; Boys; Skiing; Sports


SPORTS SUNDAYS, by ROBERT MICHAEL O'HEARN    Poem Source                
First Line: A jolt & hue, a cry of humanity
Last Line: In those spaniard streets %sunday after sunday
Subject(s): Spain; Sports


SPORTSFAN, by GERALD WILLIAM BARRAX    Poem Source                
First Line: Its appearance is human
Last Line: To marry one
Subject(s): Sports


SPRING, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Even the grass is yearning
Last Line: Where birds don't sing
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SPRING FEVER, by JR. ORVAL A. LUND    Poem Source                
First Line: My right shoulder aches when snow melts, %air softens, and baseballs
Last Line: Citizen, old ballplayer that I am, I walk %my aching shoulder home
Subject(s): Balls; Baseball; Boys; Sports; Youth


SPRING PLOWING, 1965, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: The game of the week calls
Last Line: His voice crackling %among the ruins
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


SPRING THAW, by MARK VINZ    Poem Source                
First Line: Up and down march streets
Last Line: Last time mother calling more
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


SPRING TRAINING DREAM, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Under the gray blanket of cold
Last Line: Spinning with raised seams cutting through air
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SPRINGBOARD, by ADRIENNE CECILE RICH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Like divers, we ourselves must make the jump
Last Line: Swifter, more sure than any will of ours
Subject(s): Sports


SQUIRE EBBETS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He gave the game all that he had--the game
Last Line: "when will we see one like ""the squire"" again?"
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


STADIUM, by WILLIAM HEYEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The stadium is filled, %for this is the third night the moon
Last Line: Would weep softly in the dark aisles, %catching their difficult breath
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


STALLION, FR. SONG OF MYSELF, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A gigantic beauty of a stallion, fresh and responsive to my
Subject(s): Sports


STANDING BROAD JUMP, by RICHARD FROST    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Good at something, I practiced till I broke
Last Line: And fly my whole ten feet to the measured sand
Subject(s): Sports


STELAE, by JOHN OLIVER SIMON    Poem Source                
First Line: There are stelae from palenque
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


STEPPING DOWN, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Going out of the big league
Last Line: I am not yet thirty-three!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Sports; Success


STICKBALL AT CHARLESTOWN HIGH, by CHARLES FANNING    Poem Source                
First Line: The scoring is easy
Last Line: There is no traffic %and the kids are safe. %today is sunday
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


STILL HUNTING, by DON WELCH    Poem Source                
First Line: Once there were mallards ahead of a blizzard
Subject(s): Aging; Sports


STOLEN BASES, by JR. ORVAL A. LUND    Poem Source                
First Line: I run the northern-prairie, small-town blocks
Last Line: The half hour after I run, coming down, coming down
Subject(s): Balls; Baseball; Boys; Sports


STORM SURF, by GREG PAPE    Poem Source                
First Line: Rumor had it there had been %a bell of a storm or a tsunami
Last Line: Carried out of the sea in strong %but humble arms
Subject(s): Sports


STRANGE CASE OF THE AMBITIOUS CADDY, by OGDEN NASH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Once upon a time there was a boy named robin bideawee
Last Line: Tomorrow you shall caddy for odgen nash
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


STRANGE PEOPLE, by LOUISE ERDRICH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: All night I am the doe, breathing
Last Line: All day, asleep in clean grasses, %I dream of the one who could really wound me
Alternate Author Name(s): Erdrich, Lise
Subject(s): Native Americans; Sports


STRATEGY FOR A MARATHON, by MARNIE MUELLER    Poem Source                
First Line: I will start
Subject(s): Sports


STRIKE ZONE, by FRED CHAPPELL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Like the presidency its size
Last Line: But gives no sign. %ball 3
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


STRIKING OUT MY SON IN THE FATHER-SON GAME, by RON SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: Caught in the open in broad daylight
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


STRINGBEAN SMALL, by JACK PRELUTSKY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Stringbean small was tall and trim
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


STRINGBEAN SMALL, by JACK PRELUTSKY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Stringbean small was tall and trim
Last Line: The coach screamed, 'stop! Don't nibble it! %I wanted you to dribble it!'
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


STRUGNELL'S RUBAIYAT: 1, by WENDY COPE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Awake! For the morning on the pitch of night
Last Line: The incandescent football in the east %has brought the splendour of tulse hill to light
Subject(s): Fitzgerald, Edward (1809-1883); Football; Sports


STUTTERING UMPIRE, by ROBERT KIRKLAND KERNINGHAM    Poem Source                
First Line: Oh, we had our share of trouble
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SUICIDE, by JUDY GOLDMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: The newspaper lied. %they did not find you
Last Line: As if there were nothing at all %left to explain
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SUNDAY SKATERS, by MARY JO SALTER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: These days
Last Line: Lines over, and over again
Subject(s): Sports


SURFERS AT SANTA CRUZ, by PAUL GOODMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: They have come by carloads
Subject(s): Sports


SWIMMER, by ROBERT FRANCIS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Observe how he negotiates his way
Subject(s): Sports


SWIMMER, by ROBERT FRANCIS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Observe how he negotiates his way
Last Line: To float. - the swimmer floats, the lover sleeps
Subject(s): Sports


SWIMMER, by CONSTANCE KLING LEVY    Poem Source                
First Line: The sun %underwater
Last Line: To what fish feel %and think about
Subject(s): Sports


SWIMMING IN THE PACIFIC, by ROBERT PENN WARREN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At sunset my foot outreached the mounting pacific's
Last Line: Saw your face, slow, take shape, %like a dream that all years had moved to
Subject(s): Sports


SWINGING ON THE FIRST PITCH, by DABNEY STUART    Poem Source                
First Line: You go up there cocked
Last Line: Delivers. It's a fast ball, %big as a globe, 110 %miles an hour, coming %right at your head
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SWITCH HITTER, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: I miss pitching so much %don't miss it at all, sick of it
Last Line: I've seen enough, heard enough %wonder who they're playing tonight?
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME, by JACK NORWOOD    Poem Source                
First Line: Nelly kelly loved baseball games
Last Line: At the old ball game
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME, by JACK NORWORTH    Poem Source                
Subject(s): Sports


TALLY-HO, by SAMUEL MATHEWSON BAYLIS    Poem Source                
First Line: I sing you a song tonight, my lads
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


TAO IN THE YANKEE STADIUM BLEACHERS, by JOHN UPDIKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Distance brings proportion. From here
Last Line: Hold motionless while berra flies to left
Subject(s): Baseball; Chinese Literature; Sports


TAO IN THE YANKEE STADIUM BLEACHERS, by JOHN UPDIKE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Distance brings proportion. From here
Last Line: And, distant as a paradise, experts, passionate and deft, %wait while berra flies to left
Subject(s): Baseball; Chinese Literature; Sports


TARGET, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: He is leaning over
Last Line: Extra %s l o w. %just enough
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


TEACHING A GIRL TO SKATE, by THOMAS WINTHROP HALL    Poem Source                
First Line: Oh, there's nothing in all the world so fine
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


TELEPATHY, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Skip scampers out %reaches me at the hill
Last Line: To his pillbox %safe from the line of fire
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


TEN TO LEARN, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: 1. Tie laces tight knot two times then tuck in ends
Last Line: 10. H a v e a l l t h e s w e a t y w e t f u n
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


TENNIS, by ELWYN BROOKS WHITE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Circled by trees, ringed with the faded folding chairs
Alternate Author Name(s): White, E. B.
Subject(s): Sports


TENNIS IN THE CITY, by FRANK HIGGINS    Poem Source                
First Line: He could help us out %selling papers or sacking groceries
Last Line: And I want you to start staying %in that alley an hour longer, hear?
Subject(s): Sports; Tennis


THAT HOCKEY GAME, by JR. E. C. POTTER    Poem Source                
First Line: What is that noise that rings out clear
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


THE ACE OF THE RACE, by WAYNE B. WALTERS    Poem Text                
First Line: Speed, nerve and thrills galore
Last Line: The end of a perfect day.
Subject(s): Automobile Racing; Sports; Victory; Race Car Driving


THE AMATEUR, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He doesn't play the game for glory
Last Line: Won't even know what it is all about!
Subject(s): Baseball; Games; Ignorance; Man-woman Relationships; Sports; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Dullness; Stupdity; Male-female Relations


THE BALL POEM, by JOHN BERRYMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What is the boy now, who has lost his ball
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, John, Jr.
Subject(s): Sports


THE BASE STEALER, by ROBERT FRANCIS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Poised between going on and back, pulled
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THE BASEBALL PLAYERS, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Against the bright
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THE BIG GAME--HERE AND OVER THERE, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Stands are packed and bleachers crowded
Last Line: "shall call ""safe"" ere evening falls!"
Variant Title(s): The Big Game-here And Over There
Subject(s): Baseball; Soldiers; Sports; War; World War I; First World War


THE BOY ON FIRST, by DOUGLAS MALLOCH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Forgive me, folks, if I am proud
Last Line: Your dad is proud of every day.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THE BULLPEN PITCHER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The beaver and the busy bee
Last Line: A bullpen pitcher—that is all!
Subject(s): Baseball; Labor & Laborers; Sports; Work; Workers


THE CATCH, by RAYMOND CARVER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Happy to have these fish
Subject(s): Sports


THE CATCHER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Like a rhinoceros, in style and grace
Last Line: And he holds on—the mainstay of the team!
Variant Title(s): The Old Catcher
Subject(s): Aging; Athletes; Baseball; Sports


THE CHAMPION'S BAT, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Heavy and thick and long
Last Line: Where is the champion now?
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Sports


THE CHEER LEADER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Arrayed in white, e'en on the coldest day
Last Line: A reigning sovereign, in imperial poise!
Subject(s): Collective Behavior; College Sports; Sports; Mobs; Crowds


THE CHICKEN; OR, MY FIRST INTRODUCTION TO THE ANCIENT GAME OF GOLF, by S. F. OUTWOOD    Poem Text                
First Line: Once upon a day most dreary, I was wandering weak and weary
Last Line: And would play it never more!
Subject(s): Games; Golf; Sports; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE CHRISTENING OF THE STADIUM, by HARRY RANDOLPH BLYTHE    Poem Text                
First Line: It was the greatest game that year that mortal ever / saw
Last Line: The celebrated christening in famous oughty-three.
Subject(s): Competition; Memory; Sports; Youth


THE CLOSING OF THE RODEO, by WILLIAM JAY SMITH                    Poet's Biography
First Line: The lariat snaps, the cowboy rolls
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Rodeos; Sports; Work; Workers


THE COLLEGE CHEER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The football heroes are but shapes that go
Last Line: To tell how the college spirit never dies!
Subject(s): College Sports; Football; Sports; Universities & Colleges


THE COMEBACK, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He made a rep in the minors, and he thought
Last Line: "(and it's cost you a lot of money) that at last you are wanting me!"
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Conceit; Money; Sports


THE CRICKET BAT SINGS, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "willow and cane is all I am, with a wisp of waxen thread"
Last Line: "willow and cane is all I am, yet look at the hosts I sway"
Subject(s): Country Life;cricket (game);sports


THE CRICKET FIELD AT GERMANTOWN, by ARTHUR PETERSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The field-the fair and level green
Last Line: As when a victory is won!
Subject(s): Cricket (game); Sports; Sports - Arenas And Stadia


THE DEACON, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The deacon wandered forth one day and saw a
Last Line: He now stands for good, clean ball games, even on the sabbath day!
Subject(s): Baseball; Clergy; Sabbath; Sports; Temptation; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops; Sunday


THE DEATH OF THE RACE CAR DRIVER, by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I have not slept for a week. / it is matchless-this feeling
Last Line: Sack for eternity.
Subject(s): Automobile Racing; Dreams; Insomnia; Memory; Sports; War; Race Car Driving; Nightmares; Sleeplessness


THE DIVER, by ROBERT EARL HAYDEN                    Poet's Biography
First Line: Sank through easeful
Subject(s): Scuba Diving; Sea; Sports; Ocean


THE DUMB BELLE, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: What cares the dumb belle for the baseball game?
Last Line: And yet, you simp, you'll take her there again!
Subject(s): Baseball; Ignorance; Sports; Women; Dullness; Stupdity


THE EIGHTH INNING, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Kurt, terror is merely the thesis
Subject(s): Sports


THE FAN, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He's out there, freezing on the chilly bleachers
Last Line: Where would be this good old game of ball?
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; Sports - Arenas And Stadia


THE FAN BLUES, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: They say that the winter is gentle and mild
Last Line: Oh, misery!
Subject(s): Baseball; Grief; Sports; Sorrow; Sadness


THE FIFTH INNING, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Kurt, last night dwight evans put it all
Subject(s): Sports


THE FINISH, by DANIEL GERARD HOFFMAN                    Poet's Biography
First Line: The first runner reached us
Subject(s): Sports


THE FISH, by ELIZABETH BISHOP    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I caught a tremendous fish
Subject(s): Environment; Fish & Fishing; Sea; Sports; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Anglers; Ocean


THE FOOTBALL CASABIANCA, by WILBUR DICK NESBIT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The boy stood on the football field
Last Line: "they get some gasoline!"
Subject(s): College Sports; Fields; Football; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


THE GENTLEMEN CRICKETERS' TEAM, by GEORGE MURRAY (1830-1910)    Poem Text                
First Line: I've a toast to propose you -- so, gentlemen, hand on
Last Line: "the health of ""the gentlemen cricketers' team."
Subject(s): Cricket (game); Sports


THE GLORIOUS TOUCHDOWN, by GEORGE ADE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When the crisp autumnal zephyrs whistle through the leafless trees
Last Line: By going into training — the result will be the same.
Subject(s): Athletes; Football; Sports; Track Athletics; Victory; Running Races; Pole Vaulting; Discus Throwing; Shot Putting; Running Hurdles


THE GLORY OF THE GAME, by WILLIAM HAMILTON CLINE    Poem Text                
First Line: A song to the football players
Last Line: And the honors and glories he bears!
Subject(s): Football; Games; Play; Sports; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE GOFF; AN HEROI-COMICAL POEM: CANTO 3. VICTORY ON THE LAST GREEN, by THOMAS MATHISON    Poem Text                
First Line: To free the ball the chief now turns his mind
Last Line: The echoing shore resounds castalio's name.
Subject(s): Balls; Golf; Sports; Victory


THE GOLF LINKS, by SARAH NORCLIFFE CLEGHORN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The golf links lie so near the mill
Last Line: And see the men at play.
Variant Title(s): Quatrain
Subject(s): Child Labor; Golf; Social Protest; Sports


THE GREEN GRENADIERS, by HARRY RANDOLPH BLYTHE    Poem Text                
First Line: If your sporting blood is royal you won't curse me if / I'm loyal
Last Line: For my heart is with the big green grenadiers.
Subject(s): Football; Sports; Universities & Colleges


THE HUMMER, by WILLIAM MATTHEWS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: First he drew a strike zone
Alternate Author Name(s): Matthews, William Procter
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THE HUNT, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text                
First Line: We have no mind to reach that pole
Last Line: With all our faculties in play.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): England; Hunting; Sports; English; Hunters


THE LIFEGUARD, by JAMES DICKEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In a stable of boats I lie still
Subject(s): Lifeguards; Sports


THE LITTLE TOBOGGAN, by OLIVER MURRAY EDWARDS    Poem Text                
First Line: Interpretation is an overworked word
Last Line: For them it is heaven to climb and to ride.
Subject(s): Mountain Climbing; Sports Utility Vehicles; Travel; Journeys; Trips


THE LOSER, by CHARLES BUKOWSKI    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: And the next I remembered I'm on a table
Last Line: And Iíve been fighting / ever since
Subject(s): Sports


THE LOSING HABIT, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: When you get the losing habit, it is hard, so
Last Line: When that losing habit lingers grimly by your side!
Subject(s): Baseball; Habits; Sports


THE MANAGER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: When all goes wrong, and when your dear old club
Last Line: To give the manager your loud applause?
Subject(s): Baseball; Leadership; Sports


THE MIDNIGHT SKATERS, by EDMUND CHARLES BLUNDEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The hop-poles stand in cones
Last Line: And let him hate you through the glass.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): Death; England; Landscape; Skating & Skaters; Sports; Dead, The; English


THE MIDNIGHT TENNIS MATCH, by THOMAS LUX                    Poet's Biography
First Line: You are tired / of this maudlin country club / and you are tired of his insults
Subject(s): Sports; Tennis


THE NIGHT GAME, by ROBERT PINSKY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Some of us believe
Subject(s): Baseball; Fasts & Feasts; Ford, Edward ('whitey'); Jews; Koufax, Sandy; Sports; Worship; Yom Kippur; Judaism


THE NO-HIT GAME, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Round after round they were falling, nobody
Last Line: "yet they kept on repeating, ""that bird ain't got a darned thing!"
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Sports


THE NUDE SWIM, by ANNE SEXTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On the southwest side of capri
Subject(s): God; Religion; Sports; Theology


THE OFFICIAL SCORER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He sits down in the press-box, knowing well
Last Line: Is general derision and the razz!
Subject(s): Anger; Baseball; Labor & Laborers; Sports; Work; Workers


THE OLD CATCHER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The aged catcher dons his mask-
Last Line: The backbone of the team!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Old Age; Sports


THE OLD PINE TREE, by WILLIAM HENRY DRUMMOND    Poem Text                
First Line: Listen my child,' said the old pine tree to the little one nestling near
Last Line: "drifts are lying."
Subject(s): Snow; Sports; Winter


THE OLD PITCHER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He hobbles lamely from the bench
Last Line: Those boys with iron hand!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Knowledge; Old Age; Sports


THE OLD-TIMER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Show me a catcher like ewing--
Last Line: "about ""the advance of the game""!"
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Sports; Success


THE ORIGIN OF BASEBALL, by KENNETH PATCHEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Someone had been walking in and out
Subject(s): Anger; Baseball; Sports


THE PIKE, by THEODORE ROETHKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The river turns
Subject(s): Sports


THE PITCHER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The pitcher stands upon the hill, his pose is won-
Last Line: "aw take him out! For mikes' sake, take him out!"
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Failure; Sports


THE QUARTERBACK, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He's a lively little fellow, much the smallest in
Last Line: Yet this battered little demon turns up grinning at the close!
Subject(s): College Sports; Football; Sports


THE RABBIT-HUNTER, by ROBERT FROST    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Careless and still
Last Line: To comprehend
Subject(s): Sports


THE RACING CARS, by WILLIAM ROSE BENET    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The great cars careening come roaring round the curve
Last Line: Throbbed away through chaos that claimed the dragon breed!
Subject(s): Automobile Racing; Competition; Driving & Drivers; Sports; Race Car Driving


THE RED AND THE RED AND BLACK, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: When the big red team and the red and black
Last Line: Big red and red and black!
Subject(s): College Sports; Football


THE RIGHT CROSS, by PHILIP LEVINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The sun rising over the mountains
Subject(s): Sports


THE ROUNDHOUSE VOICES, by DAVE SMITH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In full glare of sunlight I came here, man-tall but thin
Subject(s): Baseball; Railroads; Sports; Railways; Trains


THE RUBAIYAT OF BASEBALL, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The spring approaches, and each eager fan
Last Line: "the season's coming—""and the game's still there!"
Variant Title(s): The Rubaiyat Of Battle
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THE RUNNER, by WALT WHITMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On a flat road runs the well-train'd runner
Last Line: With lightly closed fists and arms partially rais'd.
Subject(s): Athletes; Sports


THE SCOUT, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He ranges in the little, scrubby circuits
Last Line: And he does that—he fires the luckless scout!
Subject(s): Baseball; Scouting & Scouts; Sports


THE SIDEWALK RACER, OR ON THE SKATEBOARD, by LILLIAN MORRISON    Poem Text                
First Line: Skimming / an asphalt sea
Subject(s): Imagination; Skating & Skaters; Sports; Fancy


THE SKATERS, by GRACE W. LEACH    Poem Text                
First Line: Above the frozen floods
Last Line: Silently by.
Subject(s): Skating & Skaters; Sports


THE SLUGGER'S FAREWELL TO HIS WAR CLUB, by C. P. MCDONALD    Poem Text                
First Line: Farewell, good old pal of the national pastime
Last Line: And now we must travel our separate ways.
Subject(s): Clubs (associations); Farewell; Games; Sports; Travel; Parting; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Journeys; Trips


THE SOMETIME SPORTSMAN GREETS THE SPRING, by JOHN UPDIKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When winter's glaze is lifted from the greens
Last Line: Hope springs eternally, but spring hopes fade
Subject(s): Sports; Spring


THE SOUTHPAW, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: They kid him and they razz him, and the fans
Last Line: And yet—somehow—the southpaws often win!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Sports


THE SPORTING EDITOR, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The morning finds him with a thousand friends
Last Line: So they all squawk and hand the scribe the razz!
Subject(s): Editors; Sports


THE STADIUM, by WILLIAM HEYEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The stadium is filled, / for this is the third night the moon
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THE STRANGE PEOPLE, by LOUISE ERDRICH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: All night I am the doe, breathing
Alternate Author Name(s): Erdrich, Lise
Subject(s): Native Americans; Sports; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


THE VOYAGEUR, by WILLIAM HENRY DRUMMOND    Poem Text                
First Line: Dere's somet'ing stirrin' ma blood tonight
Last Line: An' drink to de voyageur.
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


THE WAY OF AN INDIAN, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The red man ranged the forests--hunted game
Last Line: He's civilized, but he has lots of fun!
Subject(s): College Sports; Football


THEN BLUE, by MARTIE MCCLEERY PALAR    Poem Source                
First Line: Swirl or print, letters straight or slant
Last Line: The wind is your hand, images course like stars
Subject(s): Sports


THEY ALL MUST FALL, by MUHAMMAD ALI    Poem Source                
Subject(s): Sports


THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD GIRLS AND HANDSOME KEVIN MAAS, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Before he drives the ball
Last Line: When he turns on a pitch
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


THIS MIGHT BE HITTING THE BASEBALL, by STEVEN REESE    Poem Source                
First Line: Of course there's the brain's play-by-play
Last Line: Spending the night - some twist or turn %that meant everything
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THIS SHORT GIRL, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: With %long %colt %legs
Last Line: My %b u t t. %b a b y %sis ter
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


THIS TERM THE SILVER SPOKES, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Can spin and fly and clutch
Last Line: On my m o v I n g feet
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


THOUGHTS AFTER A FORTY MILE BIKE RIDE, by ROY WESSON    Poem Source                
First Line: My feet
Last Line: Are beat
Subject(s): Sports


THURMAN DREAMING IN RIGHT FIELD, by PAUL ZIMMER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In right field I am so far out
Last Line: In that far field where %I am dreaaming once again
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THURMAN MUNSON, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Get me out of here, you said
Last Line: Get me out of here, please
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


THURMAN'S SLUMPING BLUES, by PAUL ZIMMER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: One day out in right field
Last Line: The paper tells me that %this is last place
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


TIES, by DABNEY STUART    Poem Source                
First Line: When I faded back to pass
Last Line: Beneath the dark, like a star
Subject(s): Sports


TIME TO QUIT, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: I'm warmin up in san francisco
Last Line: A shower %and a quick flight home
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


TO A MAIDEN; WINNER IN THE THOUSAND-METER RACE, by HENRY DE MONTHERLANT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Let me look at you in silence, until I lower my head
Last Line: The old, virgin surprise of the savage beholding a maid.
Subject(s): Athletes; Health; Mothers; Sports; Victory


TO A MAYFLY, by PATRICK REGINALD CHALMERS    Poem Text                
First Line: Hampshire woods are in summer's keeping
Last Line: Wait till saturday, then you'll see!
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


TO ALEXANDER THE GREAT, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: No more he walks across the field
Last Line: When he comes home again!
Subject(s): Alexander, Grover Cleveland (1887-1950); Athletes; Baseball; Soldiers; Sports; World War I; First World War


TO BEAR BRYANT, SOMEWHERE ON THAT TALLER TOWER, by DON WELCH    Poem Source                
First Line: In innocence the lines of our palms
Subject(s): Sports


TO BERT CAMPANERIS, by THOMAS WILLARD CLARK    Poem Source                
First Line: You've had your problems
Last Line: How good you know english %fon't count for everything
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark, Tom
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


TO COMFORT CATCHERS OF THE KNUCKLEBALL, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Yes, there's a moment before the knuckler
Last Line: And the mind itself floats and twists
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


TO KATE, SKATING BETTER THAN HER DATE, by DAVID DAICHES    Poem Source                
First Line: Wait, kate! You skate at such rate
Last Line: And don't you want to hear him, kate?
Subject(s): Skating And Skaters; Sports


TO KILL A DEER, by CAROL FROST    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Into the changes of autumn brush / the doe walked, and the hide, head and ears
Last Line: Heard riot in the emptied head
Subject(s): Hunting; Sports; Hunters


TO KILL A DEER, by CAROL FROST    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Into the changes of autumn brush
Subject(s): Hunting; Deer; Hunting; Sports; Hunters


TO KILL A DEER, by CAROL FROST    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Into the changes of autumn brush %the doe walked, and the hide, head and ears
Last Line: The night wind blowing through her fur, %bread riot in the emptied head
Subject(s): Hunting; Sports


TO MATTINGLY IN THE SHADOW OF HIS AILING BACK, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Dark notes in the cheering now
Last Line: Leading fans through the deep, rich woods of your bat
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


TO MY HOCKEY STICK, by VIOLET HELEN FRIEDLAENDER    Poem Source                
First Line: Time's up! The season starting next october
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


TO OUR CAPTAIN (ON THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN ANSON), by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: They have waited--waited yonder for their captain of the past
Last Line: Such was the towering commander—such was the captain we knew!
Subject(s): Anson, Adrian (cap) (1852-1922); Baseball; Leadership; Past; Sports


TO SATCH, by SAMUEL ALLEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes I feel like I will never stop
Last Line: And look over at god and say %how about that!
Alternate Author Name(s): Vesey, Paul
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse; Sports


TO SWIM, TO BELIEVE (CENTRE COLLEGE, DANVILLE, KENTUCKY), by MAXINE W. KUMIN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The beautiful excess of jesus on the waters
Last Line: Together I am supplicant. I am bride
Alternate Author Name(s): Kumin, Maxine
Subject(s): Sports; Swimming


TO THE FIELD GOAL KICKER IN A SLUMP, by LINDA PASTAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It must be something
Subject(s): Sports


TO THE FIELD GOAL KICKER IN A SLUMP, by LINDA PASTAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It must be something
Subject(s): Sports


TO THE MAN SAYING COME ON SEIS AT HOLLYWOOD PARK, by DAVID HAYWARD    Poem Source                
First Line: All the great jockeys were born premature
Last Line: Must look to the horse who's won them
Subject(s): Sports


TOBOGGAN SONG, by HORACE SPENCER FISKE    Poem Source                
First Line: Tonight, how crisp the air
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


TOMORROW!, by MILTON BRACKER    Poem Source                
First Line: Hoorah! Hooray!
Last Line: Back in flower!
Subject(s): Sports


TOO MUCH COUE, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The pitcher stood upon the mound
Last Line: And then the maddened umpire spoke—and gave them both the gate!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Failure; Sports


TOOLS OF A SCHOLAR, by LOUIS DOMINICK SCALZETTO    Poem Source                
First Line: Bronx bomber bill dickey
Last Line: You can vision bill dickey and his tools of a scholar
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


TOOLS OF CONTENTION, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: In winter I'd find whitey ford's curve
Last Line: With my finger traced their very backbones
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


TOUCH FOOTBALL, by JACK DRISCOLL    Poem Source                
First Line: I tackle my father so hard
Last Line: Still grips our empty hearts, awakened %and unable to forgive
Subject(s): Aging; Sports


TRACKIN' RABBITS, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: The fleecy flakes come fallin' down
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


TRAGEDIES, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The pitcher had a no-hit game
Last Line: This mark for quip and banter!
Subject(s): Humorists; Sports


TRASH CAN'S ALL RIGHT FOR BASKETBALL, by RICHARD J. MARGOLIS    Poem Source                
Last Line: If you don't want to lean, %keep your city clean
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


TRASH ON THE COURT, by JR. CHARLES R. SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: Didn't I see a picture of your
Last Line: Cause I'm %raining all %over you!'
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


TRYING TO CATCH UP, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: I'm coaching the warsaw baseball team
Last Line: And throwing - ok, strong as bulls - %but looking as if they're about to fall over
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; Warsaw, Poland


TWELFTH NIGHT SONG, by CLINTON SCOLLARD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Heaped be the fagots high
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


TWO WRESTLERS, by ROBERT FRANCIS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Two bronzes, but they were passing bronze before
Last Line: One wrestler challenging-oh how unsafe- %himself
Subject(s): Sports; Wrestling And Wrestlers


TWO YEARS RETIRED, BOBBY MURCER MAKES A COMEBACK BID, 1985, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: After your ascent into the
Last Line: As you dream back your speed, %run faster then you can run
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


TWO!, by JERRY SPINELLI    Poem Source                
First Line: Lost amid %the bleachers' squall
Last Line: Of net to ball
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


TYRONE (3), by LUCILLE CLIFTON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The governor has sent out
Last Line: And if we buffalo soldiers was sports fans %we sure would cheer
Subject(s): Baseball; Robinson, Jackie (1919-1972); Sports


ULYSSES, by CLAUDE CLAYTON SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: There is yet some elastic
Subject(s): Sports


UMPIRE, by WALKER GIBSON    Poem Source                
First Line: Everyone knows he's blind as a bat
Last Line: People like to watch baseball games, %where things are not to be confused with names
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


UNEVEN PARALLEL BARS, by PATRICIA GARY    Poem Source                
First Line: Twisting swing a
Subject(s): Sports


UNITAS, by EDWARD GOLD    Poem Source                
First Line: Dignified and thin
Subject(s): Sports


UNSOUND CONDITION, by RICHARD ARMOUR    Poem Source                
First Line: They're checking the ping-pong ball
Subject(s): Sports


VERS LIBRE OF BASEBALL, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The veteran stands forth and swings a bat
Last Line: "get outa here!"
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Competition; Sports


VERSES FROM THE 'ANNALIA DUBRENSIA', by WILLIAM BASSE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You faire assemblies that renowne
Last Line: Rarius eveniunt solatia——
Subject(s): Animals; Games; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Rabbits; Sports; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Hunters; Hares


VICTORY CALYPSO, by EGBERT MOORE    Poem Source                
First Line: Cricket, lovely cricket
Last Line: After all was said and done, %second test and west indies won!
Subject(s): Cricket (game); Sports


VITAI LAMPADA, by HENRY JOHN NEWBOLT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There's a breathless hush in the close tonight
Last Line: "play up! Play up! And play the game!"
Variant Title(s): The Torch Of Life;play The Game
Subject(s): Cricket (game); England; Great Britain - Commonwealth & Colonies; Patriotism; Sports; War; English; British Empire; England - Empire


VIVE LE ROI!, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: One in a long dark pigtail cries
Last Line: The noble game of basket ball
Subject(s): Basketball;games;sports; Recreation;pastimes;amusements


VOCATIONS, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: My attorney said %'we've gotta get you a job'
Last Line: I don't think well with a suit on
Subject(s): Baseball; Retirement; Sports


VOLLEYBALL MATCH, by WILLIAM (BILL) PEARLMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Now we gathered for the match
Subject(s): Sports


WALTER JOHNSON, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He may not have the arm of old--
Last Line: It's still darned hard to hit him!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Johnson, Walter (1887-1946); Sports


WAR AGAINST BABE RUTH, by STEVEN GOLDLEAF    Poem Source                
First Line: The elegant japanese general listens to his infantry
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


WASTED ENERGY, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The new-come pitcher, tall and strong
Last Line: That he was deaf and dumb!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Deafness; Sports


WATCH ME SWING, by MARTIN ESPADA    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I was the fifth man hired
Last Line: Yelling, 'watch me swing, boss, %watch me swing'
Subject(s): Baseball; Hispanic Americans; Sports; Welfare


WATCHFUL WAITING, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Nothing to do but sit around--
Last Line: Muster their clans in the south!
Subject(s): Baseball; Longing; Sports; Waiting; Winter


WATCHING FOOTBALL ON TV, by HOWARD NEMEROV    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It used to be only sunday afternoons
Subject(s): Sports


WATCHING TACKLES IN SLOW MOTION, by DAVID ALLAN EVANS    Poem Source                
First Line: Up floats the turf the shark is rising
Subject(s): Sports


WATCHING THE JETS LOSE TO BUFFALO AT SHEA, by MAY SWENSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The feel of that leather baby
Subject(s): Sports


WATER & LIGHT, by NOAH BLAUSTEIN    Poem Source                
First Line: It was too soon %to think of her passing
Last Line: Let the wind mix the salt into my brow
Subject(s): Sports; Surfing


WE MILDLY WONDER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Sometimes we wonder why the timely hit
Last Line: —omar kayenne.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


WE START WITH EARLY MORNING, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Even before the school bus
Last Line: The ball is always in my hand
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


WE STILL HAVE BASKETBALL, SARA, by LISA OLSTEIN    Poem Source                
First Line: That one long year we moved %in and out of each other's rooms
Last Line: About ewing's broken wrist, I was sorry %I ever gloated over his bad knees
Subject(s): Sports


WEST IS WEST, by WILLIAM (BILL) PEARLMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Whenever stardom in light
Last Line: Scoring at the edge of the key
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


WHAT THEY DO TO YOU IN DISTANT PLACES, by MARVIN BELL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I never told you %there was a woman - in the greening season
Last Line: In the gross odors of my labors %if I had known what she was doing %perhaps she's with you now
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Sports


WHAT'S THE SCORE?, by AMOS RUSSEL WELLS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It's football, baseball, auto, yacht
Last Line: "the open outcome, ""what's the score?"
Subject(s): Sports


WHEN FATHER PLAYED BASEBALL, by EDGAR ALBERT GUEST    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The smell of arnica is strong
Last Line: The day he played baseball.
Alternate Author Name(s): Guest, Eddie
Subject(s): Baseball; Fathers & Sons; Sports


WHEN FOR WEEKS THE SEA IS FLAT, by RICK NOGUCHI    Poem Source                
First Line: Wherever kenji takezo goes %he must surf %the perfect ride
Last Line: Even though the largest wave ever %was not coming to drown him
Subject(s): Sports


WHEN I GOT IT RIGHT, by CARL LINDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: The ball would lift
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


WHEN I WAS A KID, by LILLIAN MORRISON    Poem Source                
First Line: I played outfield %in the stickball games
Last Line: No smiling white mustaches, %no happy red face
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


WHEN IT IS OVER GOD SLIPS A FINGER INTO THE MIDDLE OF YANKEE ST., by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: We become %heartbeats in god
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


WHEN MY FRIEND WALTER SAYS, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: We are going to play some ball
Last Line: Through %one %steel %hoop
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


WHEN THAT SPIRAL AT THE FINISH, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: Off the ladder of his bones
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


WHEN THE BABE STORMED NEW YORK, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: The snows burned brighter
Last Line: In a hundred years
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Ruth, George Herman (babe) (1895-1948); Sports


WHEN THE CELTICS LOSE, by RALPH FLETCHER    Poem Source                
First Line: My face has crusted
Last Line: The sound of one bird's sad song
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


WHERE'S THE BALL?, by ROBERT L. HARRISON    Poem Source                
First Line: They found the hoops
Last Line: Were just having fun
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


WHICH ONE ARE YOU?, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The pessimist sits glumly in the stand
Last Line: And, if we don't—we'll surely win to-morrow!
Subject(s): Baseball; Hope; Pain; Pessimism; Sports; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


WHITE EVENING, by MADISON JULIUS CAWEIN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On hills, beneath the steely skies
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


WHITE WORLDS, by H. GANDY    Poem Source                
First Line: Like cameos carved on a purple sky
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


WHO TAUGHT CADDIES HOW TO COUNT?, by OGDEN NASH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I have never beheld you, o pawky scot
Last Line: In such an humble, contemptful gamie %how anyone plays together
Subject(s): Golf; Sports


WHO'S ON FIRST, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: In the web of his mitt
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


WHY BALLPLAYERS SPIT SO MUCH, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: On the close-up instant
Last Line: To land %hard %in dust
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


WHY WE PLAY BASKETBALL, by SHERMAN ALEXIE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In december, snow %covered the court
Last Line: We build small fires
Subject(s): Sports


WILL YOU SIGN MY BRAND-NEW BASEBALL, LOUIE?, by DAVID ALLAN EVANS    Poem Source                
First Line: The best thing in my head
Last Line: Fans cheer and cheer and %cheer for both of their heroes
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


WILLY SMITH AT THE BALL GAME, by GEORGE STERLING    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Happy, he heard the crass brass band
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


WILT CHAMBERLAIN, by R. R. KNUDSON    Poem Source                
First Line: Wilt was so built
Subject(s): Aging; Chamberlain, Wilt (1936-1999); Sports


WILT CHAMBERLAIN, by MAY SWENSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Wilt was so built
Last Line: For wilt's famous torso %to fit inside
Subject(s): Basketball; Chamberlain, Wilt (1936-1999); Sports


WINTER ABROAD, by JAMES THOMSON (1700-1748)    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On blithesome frolics bent, the youthful
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


WINTER BALL, by AUGUST KLEINZAHLER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The squat man under the hoop
Last Line: With dark coming on and the cold
Subject(s): Sports


WINTER CAMP, by THEODORE GOODRIDGE ROBERTS    Poem Source                
First Line: The walls of log are thick and stout
Alternate Author Name(s): Roberts, T. G.
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


WINTER CAMP FIRE, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Above the mountain, bleak and bare
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


WINTER HUNTERS, by ISAAC MCLELLAN JR.    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Mounted on snowshoes, with their food
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


WINTER IN CANADA, by J. L. LEPROHON    Poem Source                
First Line: Nay, tell me not that with shivering fear
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


WINTER NOCTURNE, by BERNARD FREEMAN TROTTER    Poem Source                
First Line: With me is revelry and light
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


WINTER RECALLED, by ARCHIBALD LAMPMAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Life is not all for effort; there are hours
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


WINTER SONG FOR THE SLEIGH, by C. P. TRAILL    Poem Source                
First Line: Hurrah for the forest - the wild pine-wood
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


WINTER SPEEDING, by HORACE SPENCER FISKE    Poem Source                
First Line: Robe-wrapped and capped, with faces bold
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


WINTER SPORTS, by ISAAC MCLELLAN JR.    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Slow sinks the golden sun behind the woods
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


WINTER UPLANDS, by ARCHIBALD LAMPMAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The frost that stings like fire upon my cheek
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


WISH-XAM, by ELIZABETH A. WOODY    Poem Source                
First Line: Rattle seedpods, shed skins, to translucent hulls
Last Line: Rich with oils and segments of heartbeat in sturgeon, %the river like the snake rests its spine by d
Subject(s): Native Americans; Rivers; Sports


WITCH BASEBALL, by STEVEN KROLL    Poem Source                
First Line: The game's the same
Last Line: After each inning %the witches go swimming
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; Witchcraft And Witches


WITH GLEAMING SAIL, by EVELYN GAIL GARDINER    Poem Text                
First Line: Speeding before the gale
Last Line: Who would be other than gayest of gay?
Subject(s): Play; Sailing & Sailors; Sports; Waves; Seamen; Sails


WITH GOOD STEEL RINGING, by COULSON KERNAHAN    Poem Source                
First Line: When the wan white moon in the skies feels
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


WITHOUT YOU, LOVE, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Without you, love, my life is but a void--
Last Line: Since I broke you in two, my favorite bat!
Subject(s): Baseball; Love - Materialism; Sports


WOHELO, by OLIVER MURRAY EDWARDS    Poem Text                
First Line: Down in maine at camp wohelo
Last Line: In our hearts their fame will live.
Subject(s): Camping; Children; Games; Girls; Maine (state); Sports; Camps; Summer Camps; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


WOLF HUNT, by WALLACE DAVID COBURN    Poem Source                
First Line: Over the hills on a winter's morn
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


WOLVERINE WINTER, by PAUL F. SIFTON    Poem Source                
First Line: The chickadee came in the morning
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


WOMAN SKATING, by MARGARET ATWOOD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A lake sunken among
Last Line: Over all I place / a glass bell
Subject(s): Skating & Skaters; Sports


WOMAN SKATING, by MARGARET ATWOOD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A lake sunken among
Last Line: Over all I place %a glass bell
Subject(s): Skating And Skaters; Sports


WOMEN, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: If you take them to the ball game
Last Line: The contradictory fish!
Subject(s): Baseball; Contrariness; Man-woman Relationships; Sports; Women; Male-female Relations


WOMEN'S TEAM AT L. BAMBERGER & CO., by LILLIAN MORRISON    Poem Source                
First Line: Our best forward %wasn't very tall
Last Line: The frosty air outside %seemed to greet us with kisses
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports


WOMEN'S TUG OF WAR AT LOUGH ARROW, by TESS GALLAGHER                    Poet's Biography
First Line: In a borrowed field they dig in their feet
Subject(s): Sports


WOMEN'S TUG OF WAR AT LOUGH ARROW, by TESS GALLAGHER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In a borrowed field they dig in their feet
Subject(s): Sports


WORLD CHAMPIONS, by WILLIAM JAY SMITH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A cardinal is perched upon a bad
Subject(s): Sports


WORLD SERIES, by EILEEN B. HENNESSY    Poem Source                
First Line: By then the war had been over for three years, and the men were
Last Line: Got free of its skin. Then I heard the fans on the radio roar. I heard the %announcer say, 'that's I
Subject(s): Baseball; Memory; Sports


WORLD SERIES BLUES, by NEAL BOWERS    Poem Source                
First Line: Summer always looks good in spring training
Last Line: In crisp, white uniforms to take the field, %ready to play hardball
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


WORLD SERIES, 1968, by JIM DANIELS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My mother's friend angie from work
Last Line: The world series, the world series ... %but I was still cold
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


WORLD WAR II PREMIUM FROM BATTLE CREEK, by JOHN CADDY    Poem Source                
First Line: Breakfast more than he could want
Subject(s): Sports


WRESTLING THE BEAST, by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: This guy is an animal. A pig? Squealing sinus breathing
Subject(s): Sports


Y, by BRENDA LYNN HILLMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: They are bringing back the bones of che guevara
Last Line: Survival or if they wanted to be touched, there
Subject(s): Sports


YACHT FOR SALE, by ARCHIBALD MACLEISH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My youth is
Last Line: You can see now
Alternate Author Name(s): Fleming, Archibald
Subject(s): Sports


YACHT FOR SALE, by ARCHIBALD MACLEISH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My youth is
Alternate Author Name(s): Fleming, Archibald
Subject(s): Sports


YANKEES BEND TO THE COOL, CLEAR WATER OF MIRRORS, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: In the old days mirrors were wild
Last Line: They are calling it mother
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


YO-YO KING, by SYMA CHERIS COHN    Poem Source                
First Line: When he showed up on the sidewalk in the old neighborhood
Subject(s): Games; Sports


YOGI, THOUGH YOU'RE NO ONE-EYED HUNCHBACK, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: At the plate sometimes, your pendulum, a club
Last Line: Dressed in the dust of this world
Subject(s): Baseball; Berra, Laurence (yogi); New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


YOU'VE GOT TO LEARN THE WHITE MAN'S GAME, by MBEMBE MILTON SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: The 5th black law student
Subject(s): Sports


YOUNG WRESTLERS, by GRACE BUTCHER    Poem Source                
First Line: The beautiful boys curve and writhe
Subject(s): Sports


YOUR STREAK'S GENEROUS NATURE, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: How it keeps the foul lines crying
Last Line: And perching at our door
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


YULE-LOG, by CLINTON SCOLLARD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hale the yule-log in!
Subject(s): Sports; Winter


ZONE DEFENSE, by ANITA WINTZ    Poem Source                
First Line: Hey, stay outta my space
Last Line: Your motion, I'm gonna suspend. %zig-zag, zap
Subject(s): Basketball; Sports