by Brennan Gould
Baseball as Extended Metaphor, by Mel Glenn
You set out from Home,
aiming to propel your Life
out of the local park,
besting the law of averages
for an extraordinary career.
You realize, of course, time is finite,
nine innings, four score and ten or so,
and hope you can make some real
contribution to the Game of Life.
You get on board at First,
courtesy of a walk through your teenage years,
and head for Second and your adulthood.
Having rounded Second at full speed,
you determine to purchase security at Third.
Once there, you contemplate the rest of your Life,
and realize all you really want now
is to head back Home, retire, and receive
the plaudits of family, friends and fans
who value what you have brought to the Game.