just thought i would toss this in the mix to see what you thought. personally i think it's a nice little poem that paints a picture of not taking things to seriously.
The Retarded Children Play Baseball
by Joseph A. Soldati
Never mind the coaches who try
to teach them the game,
and think of the pleasure
of the large-faced boy
on second who raises hand and glove
straight up making the precise
shape of a ball, even though
the ball's now over
the outfield. And think of the left
and right fielders going deeper
just to watch its roundness
materialize out of the sky
and drop at their feet. Both teams
are so in love with this moment
when the bat makes the ball jump
or fly that when it happens
everybody shouts, and the girl
with slanted eyes on first base
leaps off to let the batter by.
Forget the coaches shouting back
about the way the game is played
and consider the game
they're already playing, or playing
perhaps elsewhere on some other field,
like the shortstop, who stands transfixed
all through the action, staring
at what appears to be nothing.
i really dont see now being retarded makes this poem any better. i see the same type of actions and behavior at many levels of youth ball.
i guess that's my point and you did a better job hitting it than i did. i am not trying to bring down those who are retarted. just trying to outline that there are a lot oc children growing up these days who are otherwise healty and yet are being made to feel this is acceptable.