Celebrating National Poetry Month: #24

Analysis of Baseball

It’s about
the ball,
the bat,
and the mitt.
Ball hits
bat, or it
hits mitt.
Bat doesn’t
hit ball, bat
meets it.
Ball bounces
off bat, flies
air, or thuds
ground (dud)
or it
fits mitt.

Bat waits
for ball
to mate.
Ball hates
to take bat’s
bait. Ball
flirts, bat’s
late, don’t
keep the date.
Ball goes in
(thwack) to mitt,
and goes out
(thwack) back
To mitt.

Ball fits
not all
the time.

ball gets hit
(pow) when bat
meets it,
and sails
to a place
where mitt
has to quit
in disgrace.
That’s about
the bases
about 40,000
fans exploded.

It’s about
the ball,
the bat,
the mitt,
the bases
and the fans.
It’s done
on a diamond,
and for fun.
It’s about
home, and it’s
about run.

May Swenson


  1. I wanted you to know I read all your posts but combine my comments due to my one finger.

    I've really enjoyed being introduced to these wonderful poets. I hope you keep it up.

    Your travels and animals always make me smile.


  2. what a wild poem..!

  3. What a fun poem - somehow, it really evokes the feeling - the sound, rhythm especially, of a baseball game.

  4. Thanks for the comments. I loved this poem because of the sound and rhythm of baseball. It will be a good one to use when we do choral reading of poetry in class.


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