Kelly’s Turn: The Sunday Whirl – Wordle

Step up to the plate on this one…

Each week The Sunday Whirl invites writers to write a poem or short prose using some or all of the “Wordle’s” 12 words. This week it is:

Wordle's words

Wordle’s words

Kelly’s Turn

Kelly’s turn
at bat. Down
three runs. The

bottom of
the ninth. The
bases are

loaded. Two
outs. Kelly
enters the box

as the ump
brushes the
last remnants

of worried
clay off the
plate. Kelly

blesses his
bat, thumbs a
cross, and then

a kiss-up
to his Maker.
The leftie

takes the first
pitch. Only
he can do

that. He takes
a second
one, and the

crowd is now
crazed, roaring
and crying,

Hit the damn
ball, Kelly
!
Oh and two!

The umpire
calls out the
pitcher’s count.

But Kelly’s
a million
miles away.

Free of all
distractions,
focusing

only on
the out pitch
which he knows

this closer
is going
to throw. His

fierce eyes burn,
targeting the
ball. His mind

images
the swing, the
up-coming

walk-off Grand
Slam; then the
part in The

Post’s Headlines
which will read
one more time:

KELLY DOES
IT AGAIN,
AND AGAIN!

Randy Mazie

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