Fields of Dreams

jackie robinson 1s text

A haiga for Colleen’s tanka Tuesday words, hobby and play.  There is a long tradition of baseball haiku, both in Japan and America.

jackie robinson 2s

 I first thought of Rickey Henderson when I considered sketching a base stealer, but then I discovered that Jackie Robinson was the major league leader in steals of home in the modern era–he did it 19 times–so I used photos of him as my inspiration.  Just one small part of his extraordinary legacy.

sliding home s text

This second haiga is for Frank Tassone’s challenge of swallows.  When Ken at rivrvlogr posted his response, it reminded me that the place I see swallows in NYC is at the ball park–clearly stadiums have good nesting places.  And always plenty of dreams.

I’m definitely out of practice with my sketching, and I forgot how difficult it is to draw catchers.  But Opening Day is just around the corner…

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32 responses to “Fields of Dreams”

  1. robertawrites235681907 says :

    I like your sketches and the poems are really interesting.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Robbie. I’ve been following baseball since I was a small child, so it’s part of my life…and I do like to draw bodies in motion, although I’ve been remiss with it lately.

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  2. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Your poem is very nice and you have explained the game so well, M and the sketches are very nice. A great post.

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  3. Jane Dougherty says :

    Baseball is a closed book to me, but those sketches are full of verve, and I love the image in the second haiku of the swallow shadow.

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  4. Frank J. Tassone says :

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #1 (3/27/19): memadtwo’s latest #haiga for my current #haikai challenge!

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  5. thelonelyauthorblog says :

    Ricky Henderson would be the baseball player who would most come to mind when stealing bases, but Jackie Robinson was a great base stealer as well.
    The sketches are great.

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  6. merrildsmith says :

    I don’t care about sports at all, though I can follow what’s going on in a baseball game. I like the action in your sketches and the verses go well with them. A fun response to the prompts!

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  7. Sharon Mann says :

    Great action in your sketches Kerfe, I love the free motion of the lines.

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  8. Hélène - Willow Poetry says :

    Lovely sketches, love this post.

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  9. Jodi says :

    a sure sign of Spring and baseball season! Kerfe’s baseball sketches! They are awesome!

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  10. Colleen Chesebro says :

    Kerfe, I knew you were talented but this is superb! I love your sketches and your words. My hubby pitched for the Minnesota Twins in the early 1960s. Hark… I think I hear the cheering crowd now… He’s had baseball on for days now. LOL! ❤

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  11. jazzytower says :

    I really enjoyed this. Love the movement in the sketches. Especially loved that 2nd haiku. I don’t think I have ever seen a swallow, I drew a blank on that prompt. Nice work.

    Pat

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  12. Vashti Q says :

    Love it! Great Haigas. The sketches are wonderful too. 😀

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