54 days until pitchers and catchers


(wait til next year)

baseball has a way…
five golden-armed young pitchers–
can this magic last?


spate of injuries–
hoped to skip only one start–
gone for the season


a sacrifice fly–
put him in the clean-up spot
veteran presence


first major league start–
sometimes faith is rewarded
pitched well yet again


eighth-inning rally
the ever calm elder sage
a pinch-hit grand slam


fastballs and sinkers
keeping the team in the game
seven shut-out innings


turn to the bullpen
(give up runs and you lose games)
his command was poor


bottom of the ninth
flyout to right, left, center
then it was over


baseball has a way…
the lingering question is–
(the silence in Queens)

All phrases in this haiku sequence taken from sports stories about the Mets in the NY newspapers during the final two months of the 2016 season.

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18 responses to “54 days until pitchers and catchers”

  1. Jodi says :

    Oh I love these. You have such a distinct appealing way of sketching baseball players. Your passion shines through in their life!!

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  2. The Poetry Channel says :

    Love the Haiku and adore the sketches. Mets fan since 69 when I watched them as a boy. Lived in Elmhurst for a bit, in the shadow of Shea.
    Well done.

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    • memadtwo says :

      I’ve been a Mets fan since I moved to NYC in the early 70s. I’ve seen some great games over the years…including Santana’s no hitter!
      I think they are going to miss Bartolo this year. I know I will.

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  3. colorpencil2014 says :

    Stunning sketches, such movement, expressions and characters!! love it, johanna

    Liked by 1 person

  4. memadtwo says :

    Really great sketches, K. That look on the first one’s face is priceless!


  5. Bumba says :

    Great sketches. As for the Mets, could be.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. rivrvlogr says :

    That’s one way to wait out the season!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Snehal Kank says :

    I really liked your sketching style Kerfe 👍🏼

    Liked by 1 person

  8. merrildsmith says :

    I don’t follow sports at all, but I love these haiku with your action sketches (which are great!)

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