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SPRINTS
by Terry Everett



Today I thank you
Coach "Ike" Tomlinson
for those sprints we ran,
three hours a day, four years:
sprint 50, walk 50;
sprint 50, walk 50
across the outfield
across the green grass
across the lost years
I never came to say
thank you, Coach "Ike."
Thank you for running me.
Thank you for strong legs
that have carried me
across the outfields
across the infields
across the dead grass
of the aging Earth.
Sprint 50, walk 50;
sprint 50, walk 50
I say to the young
who never come to say
thank you for running me.
Thank you for strong legs
that have carried us
across the outfields
across the infields
across the green grass
of the aging Earth
while hearing forever
an old gentleman
chant orders for the day:
sprint 50; walk 50;
sprint 50, walk 50.




About Terry Everett

Everett's poetry has appeared in TAPESTRY (DSU Division of Languages and Literature art-literary magazine) and numerous magazines and journals. He is Assistant Professor of English Emeritus from DSU where he taught courses in composition and literature.

Click here to read another of Terry Everett's beautiful poems, "In April Somewhere in the South."
And here is another baseball poem: "Tao T Gets Two."
And another good 'un: Uncle Bob's Empire


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