Today I hit it way out of the park

One of those few lucky swings, I guess

The ones that come every few years

To make up for the misses and grounders

There was a time when I thought

I could always hit them that far

But life and age interfered

Now I can’t even see them

Coming at me anymore

You know you are out of the game

When the bat doubles as a walking stick

Or a home run around all the plates

Takes forever and feels like a marathon

What remains is the memories

The smells of the dugout

The noises of the crowd

Nobody can take that away from you

No matter how often you miss


  • dusk arising

    I laughed out loud with "you know you are out of the game when the bat doubles as a walking stick" ... oh so true but mentally you are still on the ball... but that's life... life teaches us.

    I never entered the dug out but there are a good few smells and noises will goto the grave with me too.

    Glad you hit a good one today. Stay safe and well sir.

    • FredPeyer

      Thanks so much da, glad I could make you laugh. Remember, the trick to not ageing is not to look into the mirror!

    • Goldfinch60

      Being in the UK I have never played baseball but I have played many other sports but the one 'hit' that comes to mind is when I used to play cricket. It was the last over over of the match and we needed eight to win, I hit a four then with two balls to go I hit the ball so hard that it went over the pavillion for six, we won the match and as far as I know that ball is still circling the earth.
      We can remember those good times as if it were yesterday Fred.


      • FredPeyer

        Thanks Andy,
        being from Switzerland I grew up with soccer and never played baseball either! Used it more as a metaphor.
        I did see something in the sky crossing over Hawaii. Thought it was a UFO, must have been your ball!

      • orchidee

        Howzat!! Bit of French there from me?! lol. Good write Fred.

        • FredPeyer

          Thanks Orchie! The one thing people will remember from you, beside being the number one psalm poem writer in the world, is your singing!

          • orchidee

            Thanks Fred. Oohh, it's King David and the other Psalmists of old, that I base some of my hymn-poems on.

          • Claudelle DeLuna

            Very nice piece, Fred
            one can only hope
            to age holding on to our
            dignity & our well lived

            • FredPeyer

              Thanks Claudelle, you are so right. My sister has MS, had it for many years, and now her memories are going too, like sand running through your fingers. I just hope I will be spared anything resembling Alzheimers. I can handle the occasional lapses. Like, do you believe in the hereafter? I do, every time I go into the bedroom I wonder what I am here after! :-)

            • Poetic Dan

              Nothing but us can touch our memories! Great stuff my friend

              • FredPeyer

                Thanks so much PD, hang on to these precious memories as long as you have them!

              • John Prophet

                “When the bat doubles as a walking stick” I so identify, made me smile.

                • FredPeyer

                  Thank you for reading, am glad I could put a smile on your face during these hard times.

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