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My Brush With An Icon

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Jackie Robinson and I go way way back To the spring of nineteen forty-six A Montreal ballpark on a April afternoon The day the world was transfixed The colour barrier that existed in baseball Was about to come crashing down After many decades of ugly discrimination Jackie would become renowned It would take a special kind of individual To withstand all the slurs and abuse Young Jackie knew what he'd have to endure But it was not his nature to refuse Having a strong and tenacious personality Not known for giving up a fight Jackie settled in for a long tough struggle On which he had long set his sights It's a time in history I'll always hold dear That momentous day back then Forever after ingrained in my psyche I witnessed this champion of men! © Jack Ellison 2013 My Dad and I were late arriving. When we got there it was the bottom of the first. As we emerged from the passage way to the bleachers, the crowd was cheering wildly! I looked to my right and believe it or not Jackie Robinson was stealing home!!! This image is ingrained in my memory!

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  1. Date: 2/26/2013 4:39:00 AM
    It is wonderful you are able to keep track of your memories... It is amazing how you express them. With no doubt, you are the Master of Quatrain!! Sir, it is always a delight to read you!

    Ellison Avatar Jack Ellison
    Date: 2/26/2013 4:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Just call me King Quatrain! LOL The older memories for some strange reason are easier to recall than what I ate for breakfast yesterday! The mind is a strange animal! Have a great day my good man!
  1. Date: 2/22/2013 3:04:00 PM
    Some memories are precious and become apart of ourselves... Well written... For me it was my first Troll.(GrandPa Troll was the most important person I've met to date... I once met Leonard Nemoy from Star Trek once... He left the convention early after promising to sign autographs the next day. Instead he went back to California to visit his girlfriend, then told his wife the next Day that he was leaving her... on her birthday! Not too impressed... I like Trolls better... LOL... Wonder why?

    Ellison Avatar Jack Ellison
    Date: 2/22/2013 3:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Leonard Nimoy... whatta jerk! Hadn't heard that story! Great big huggeroonies!
  1. Date: 2/22/2013 11:11:00 AM
    A very great piece about a great person. Really nice write and what a wonderful picture to have. Good work my friend.

    Ellison Avatar Jack Ellison
    Date: 2/22/2013 2:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I can still bring back that image after 67 years! My boyhood hero! The racial slurs he had to endure would have destroyed a lesser man!!!