The game of baseball is not a metaphor

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How baseball and poetry bring us home – Carrie Ann Welsh – ESPN – 4/3/17

“…Poet Gail Mazur writes that ‘the ball park is an artifact, manicured, safe, scene in an Easter egg.’ We long for that same assuredness in our national character — the dream of a manicured lawn and a painted sugar house.”

Baseball
Gail Mazur 
for John Limon
The game of baseball is not a metaphor
and I know it’s not really life.
The chalky green diamond, the lovely
dusty brown lanes I see from airplanes
multiplying around the cities
are only neat playing fields.
Their structure is not the frame
of history carved out of forest,
that is not what I see on my ascent.

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