“Pitching & Politics” A Poem

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 22: Miguel Sano #22 of the Minnesota Twins and James McCann #34 of the Detroit Tigers clash with home plate umpire Jordan Baker attempting to break up the altercation after Sano pointed at Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers in the fifth inning on April 22, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sano and Boyd were ejected from the game. (Photo by Andy King/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – APRIL 22: Miguel Sano #22 of the Minnesota Twins and James McCann #34 of the Detroit Tigers clash with home plate umpire Jordan Baker attempting to break up the altercation after Sano pointed at Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers in the fifth inning on April 22, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sano and Boyd were ejected from the game. (Photo by Andy King/Getty Images)

 

The purpose of poetry (if “purpose” it has) is to connect us to the sacred. Growing as it does out of magical and shamanistic language it has never lost that element of its origin.

Its other “purpose” is political.

Here is a political baseball poem.

Enjoy!

PITCHING & POLITICS
by m.a.h. Hinton

in Baseball
a pitch 
thrown too far inside
is an invitation
to a fight

thrown just right
it is a merely
a reminder
to stop crowding
the plate

inches matter
as does intent

it is the same
in Truth

a lie
thrown out
to deceive the masses
is an invitation
to a fight

thrown in ignorance
it is a reminder
to start paying attention

 

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