Day 3: Batter Up!

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All right, yesterday I admitted I don’t love snails, and today I’m telling you baseball’s not on my favorites list either. Maybe I’m sharing too much about what I don’t like! But it’s interesting to try to create something about a topic I’m not all that crazy about.

And it’s funny how I can find a kidlit connection to almost any word! I just yesterday finished listening to an audiobook of an old John Bellairs novel, The Eyes of the Killer Robot. (It’s part of the Johnny Dixon series, but I really recommend the Lewis Barnavelt books. I adored them when I was a kid!) Anyway, the book hinges on a robot brought to life with an evil spell and a human’s eyes. Creepy. And a baseball hitting contest.

In this case, the word “batter” on the board yesterday made me feel like I almost HAD to pick baseball as my topic. There’s so much waiting and standing in baseball. I decided to make my poem about the physical moments that are high intensity! The hitting, the running, and when outfielders collide.

What words will I be digging through today?

And here’s the card that I can pull my topic from:

So my possible topics are:

  1. plastic
  2. tree
  3. heart
  4. brain
  5. surgeons

Will you join in? Would love to see what you come up with!


10 Responses

  1. It’s great, Laura, & is sometimes amusing (when trying to catch a fly ball) & terrible when they do “crash” (at the bases). And, a surprise, my prompt today was a cinquain, so I took on your challenge! And used “batter”! The link:
    firm heart control
    beautiful virtue
    change darkness to light – amazing
    young one
    Linda Baie ©

  2. From Day 2:
    I chose HATS and had to add a few itty bitty words

    Not Just Beautiful Hats

    Young and sweet,
    being beautiful
    like light through darkness,
    a heartguide,
    hears wailing.
    Fights for change.

    I pictured the women suffragists who in the style of the day might wear large hats with maybe plumes and fabric puffs.Often white. I live near Seneca Falls and near where many were from. I added: not, just, a, and used, a touch of poetic license to go along with the rebellious nature of a free verse poet and a suffragist. Enjoying these, Laura. PS really quick writes but still I like doing them!!!


    1. Ooh, lovely. And thank you for the backstory, Janet. I can picture the scene. I extra love your lines 4 and 5. Loved your “memorizing poems” post. I was so proud of myself that I could lead the little audience through Puddle Song several times without looking at the book. I know it’s only 7 lines or so, but I have a terribly difficult time memorizing poems. I thought of you at my book launch, before I even knew what your NPM project was :>)

  3. Wow, what a variety of poems to be made from such a few words. I love the women suffragists in your poem, Janet. “sights for change”

    Linda, I like “firm heart control” definitely needed when trying to bat a 95 mph fast ball.

    And Laura, good job writing about things you don’t love. I love “rough as riot” — What a great simile.

    I wrote about a:

    Bowler -
    Firm control to
    batter them down
    like one crash-crushing
    sweet orchestra.
    That group barreled

  4. Doing some catching up… using words from Day 1:


    brilliant, shiny
    better (naturally)

    My friend gave me eggs from the chickens she raises… the egg shells were beautiful pastel shades- perfect Easter eggs with no dye involved. (see photo at my blog)
    The words in () were my additions.

    1. Wow! I love that you’re making this game your own. Whee! It’s fun to see a bit of how you made the connections by the words you chose to add in yourself. Thanks, Diane.

  5. These are so cool, and I love seeing how different they are. Loving “rough as riot,” “beautiful virtue,” “heartguide,” “crash-crushing,” and those skeletons have me cracking UP! xo, a.

    1. It’s kind of magical seeing everyone’s different takes. Thanks for reading, Amy!

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