General Poetry posted September 3, 2019

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A true story about my Uncle Cokey

Foul Play

by Susan Larson

The Life He Almost Lived Contest Winner 

A baseball story, true this is
In sandlot ball he was a whiz
And such a part of local lore
The Pirates came knocking at his door.
Come play for us, they begged this boy
But his parents robbed him of this joy.
At age sixteen he was too young
So on their signing his fate was hung
The coal mine is the place to work
A steady paycheck! What a perk.
By the time he was twenty-one
He had a wife and newborn son.
So, in the coal mine he did stay.
And listened to the Pirates play.
A steady paycheck, that he got
But not for the job he really sought.

Writing Prompt
Many people talk about what they wanted to do with their lives... what they should have done, the lives they almost lived. Write a poem that captures this.

The Life He Almost Lived
Contest Winner



This is a true story about my Uncle Cokey that I wrote in his memory. This happened in the 1920s and his parents were peasants from Eastern Europe. I knew another young man, when upon telling his mother what he wanted to do with his life heard her say, "A Pip? You wanna' be a Pip? No, you stick with the job you got. I don't care what Gladys Knight says. No son of mine is going to be a Pip!
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