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Echoes of the Heart

I came to visit the old baseball field in the dying town where I grew up. It was less than a whisper of what it once was. My first steps on the dirt sent my chest to thumping, and the still wind held the scent of chalk and nachoes. I could see the shadows of my youth running the bases, and I wondered if those steps had ever taken me anywhere. I made my way to the scraps of homeplate and dug my feet into the same ruts I'd stood in over twenty years ago. The decayed plate was like bones of forgotten friends, and I gave it a tap with a bat I would never hold again. My vision narrowed to see a pitch that would never come. I swung. Somewhere in the distance of my memory, I heard a crack. I looked to the dugout at the ghosts of my teammates and grinned. I looked behind to the empty bleachers and gave a nod to my grandfather. The pride in his ancient eyes was as bright then as it ever had been. In the silence, the crowds roar was like magic. Then, for what I knew to be the last time, I ran. I ran with all the thunder of a thousand feet, kicking up the dust of a thousand games. I ran with all the joy and speed of summers past. I ran with heartache and wishes, and echoes ... of a hollow sound.

Caleb A. Smith

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  1. Date: 5/27/2013 8:19:00 PM
    I actually did the same thing recently. This is so descriptive it made me cry. I'm determined to play though. This is a favorite.

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 7:24:00 PM
    Caleb, congratulations with your poem on Andrea's, favorite list. always~ Linda

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 7:04:00 AM
    Funny that we both entered poems in this contest that are chiefly prose! I loved reading this one again, Caleb. Maybe you're the prose ninja!

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 6:47:00 AM
    The ballpark holds so many memories for me too..we spent the summer there it seems, when my boys were growing up. This is a wonderful piece and gave me a lump in my throat. congrats. BG

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 2:47:00 AM
    I can see why is was faved Caleb xx

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 10:46:00 PM
    Many congrats dear friend. I can so understand why Andrea choose this.

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 10:19:00 PM
    Wonderful piece! I can just see you there, dusting off home plate. Congratulations on your win! Jack

  1. Date: 4/5/2013 4:58:00 PM
    Memories..Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 4/4/2013 4:58:00 PM
    Knew it would be a winner..congrats.Donna..

  1. Date: 4/4/2013 4:31:00 PM
    Caleb, the kids all called my Dad the "Baseball God" and had him touch their bats for good luck. He followed grandchildren to the state playoffs in Austin on two occassions. When I was League President, we built a new Senior League field. Three nephews played there and went to college on scholarships. One beat Notre Dame and said "no" to the Padres. Another went to Cincinatti, and a third was a Regional All-American. My son is 18 and 0 this year as coach. They still live your dream. RAY

  1. Date: 4/4/2013 3:06:00 PM
    Thank you for all the kind support Caleb... xox..pd

  1. Date: 4/4/2013 3:04:00 PM
    Hi*<3 Congratulations with your wonderful and lovely poem. Sending small simple smiles all over the soup. Love-Linda

  1. Date: 4/3/2013 2:50:00 PM
    Lovely memories, well done ...Seren

  1. Date: 4/3/2013 9:17:00 AM
    Caleb, this is so breath taking! Wow. Congrats on your win! :)

  1. Date: 4/2/2013 10:54:00 PM
    Caleb, I found no new post from you today. I can't stay here too long but i want to find some old ones of yours to read later. Hopefully tomorrow I will have a lot more time here. Have a great Wednesday. it's not quite arrived here in Utah!!

  1. Date: 4/2/2013 10:42:00 PM
    This is so touching and beautiful. Many congrats Caleb.

  1. Date: 4/2/2013 7:13:00 PM
    Congrats, Caleb! :)

  1. Date: 4/2/2013 6:10:00 PM
    Congrats, Caleb. Great job. Nice going. Ralph

  1. Date: 4/2/2013 4:31:00 PM
    This is so beautiful and sad. Congratulaions Caleb. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/2/2013 4:22:00 PM
    I didn't know this was for a contest but either way you have told a wonderful tale, very well told story.