Perspectives: 174/365

Cole Watts (Baseball Player, Eight Bars Parents)

This will probably make my father angry,
But I’m not playing Fall ball,
None of us are.
We decided to boycott,
Nobody is doing anything.

More time for Fortnight
And getting high for me.
I couldn’t care less about Fall ball.
That’s something for my parents.
They think I’m the greatest.

Taking Shelter

Hornsby, not Springsteen,
Just got interrupted
By Mother Nature
Who found that angry side
And decided to let loose
With her female fury.
My daughter and I
Heeded the warnings
Finding shelter from the tempest
At the Cheese Shop
Of all places.
Once, a long time ago,
I used to sweep this patio
When it was called,
A Good Place To Eat.
It still is, but tonight
It’s shelter,
A covered place from the rain
That interfered with
Some most incredible people-watching
With beauty and beasts,
Both known and unknown
All who see me in their lens,
Probably under the same
Judgmental glass
As either vintage or hipster
Hopefully not hanger-on or poser.

Damn, this is fun

Perspectives: 173/365

Tony Weaver (Baseball Coach)

Last year at this time,
We were gearing up for the fall season.
So far I haven’t heard from any of the guys.
I wonder what’s going on.

It’s like the old days
Before year-round baseball.
I’m not sure what I’ll do in the Fall
If we don’t have a league.

What If Tanka



Family focus?
Liar, liar, tongue on fire
Put up and shut up
Conjoin your money and mouth
Put families up here.






Photo Credit: By Martin Dürrschnabel, de:Benutzer:Martin-D1, user:Martin-D [CC BY-SA 2.5 (, from Wikimedia Commons

Does She Still Feel This Way?

Found in an article about children who immigrated to the United States.

Perspectives: 172/365

Jerry Dean (Basketball Player, Eight Bars Parents)

I should be organizing our next move,
Our parents are trying to get rid of Sports and Music,
But this is small potatoes
Compared to what I want to talk about.

You see, I may be a kid
In the eyes of the law
And I get to go home to my parents each night.
They get to be with me,

But in the eyes of this youth,
I have a voice, I have a conscience,
And I will use it for what is right.
This argument about coaches is not right.

It is nothing, it’s trivial and petty,
Because there are children
Who don’t get to be with their parents
And their parents have no recourse to get the children back.

We the people,
A narrow-minded and split electorate,
Put this disgrace in office
Under the guise that His administration would be good for us.

How much longer will people
In the way that THIS GUY
Is governing?

Forget what party a person is in,
Forget where they get their cable news,
Forget where they worship,
Aren’t people aware of the hateful things being done?

Why aren’t there more protests?
Why aren’t more businesses speaking out?
When will the country music artists speak out?
Middle America and religious values, are you there?

Right now, school is about to start,
We are ready to protest the way our district is handling the issue,
It’s basically the same mentality
As our President with immigration.

Kids are being held hostage
While adults posture for their gain
At the expense of

We will address our concerns
In the best ways we can,
Rest assured, though,
We are not kids.

Perspectives: 171/365

Jerry Knight (Basketball Coach)

Can you believe the stones of the band guy,
Telling kids that they can’t play sports.
Here it is the start of the school year and
He’s going to fight that battle.

It’s no wonder we can’t get enough players,
Is the chorus lady saying the same thing?
Does the Glee Club coordinator have a say on sports tryouts?
Shouldn’t kids make the choice of what they do in high school?

I get that’s there only so much time,
I also know there are few athletes in the music program,
Just as few athletes can play instruments the way those kids do.
We’ve always accommodated kids and music.

Why not the same respect?