NaPoWriMo Day Six: Points of View

Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that looks at the same thing from various points of view. The most famous poem of this type is probably Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”. You don’t need to have thirteen ways of looking at something – just a few will do!

Baseball

Any baseball is beautiful. No other small package comes as close to the ideal design and utility. It is a perfect object for a man’s hand. Pick it up and it instantly suggests its purpose; it is meant to be thrown a considerable distance – thrown hard and with precision.

Roger Angell

 

The first time you see it,
a bunch of guys
in tight pajamas
stand around
for three or four hours.
Most of the time
they fail
to hit a little ball
with a stick.
If they somehow manage,
a guy in the other PJs
jogs a few steps to catch it.
So it goes
for months
never-ending.

But watch a while.
A constant mind game.
Crafty athletes
master several difficult
skills;
most sports need
one or or two.
Action near-constant
when you know how to look.
Track players through
ups and downs
of a challenging,
nail-biting
season.

One day
the game is a poem,
a chess match.
That split-finger
should have been
a circle change.
The precious agony of
another late inning
symphony of small ball.
The season: delicious torture
far too short
leads to a
                     long,
            dark,
   cold,
empty
winter spent
waiting
for next year.

 
–Scott Rhoades

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