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MLB 11 Haiku: Baseball, Death and Life

by Wendy Thurm on July 8, 2011


This baseball haiku is dedicated to Shannon Stone, who tragically fell to his death at last night’s baseball game between the Texas Rangers and the Oakland Athletics. Stone fell while reaching for a ball for his 6-year old son.






I witnessed a death

I was twelve when it happened

Changed me forever


Wealthy family

Daughter’s bat-mitzvah party

Day at country home


There was a hayride

So many of us piled on

Endlessly laughing


In a split second

The joy and frivolity

Were gone, only horror


A girl, my age, fell

Off the hayride, to the ground

Between front, back tires


Chaos first, then shock

In a split second, our friend

Our dear friend was gone


More than twenty years

Went by, before I even

Looked at a hayride


Then my kids were born

And the nearby pumpkin patch

Offered kids hayrides


I couldn’t say no

My kids should feel the joy, laugh

That is what kids do


So on the hayride

Hugging them close, being safe

But laughing with joy


A boy lost his dad

His guide to loving baseball

Gone in an instant


All who love baseball

We owe it to Shannon Stone

Teach his son the game


Teach his son the rules

The history, the players

The joy of baseball


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