The Sports+ Lounge presents: 'The Old Game' by Richard Morin

Richard Morin
USA TODAY Sports Plus

Welcome to the USA TODAY Sports+ Lounge! The premier place for all creatives to showcase their talents. Every Friday, we will spotlight artistic content for the 2021 NFL season. 

This week, USA TODAY Sports+ community engagement producer Richard Morin recites his debut poem. We are stepping off the gridiron and heading to the baseball diamond. 

Sit back and relax as we travel to 1864 with "The Old Game." 

A fielder throws to first base in a vintage baseball game Oct. 16, 2021 in Allenstown, New Hampshire.

The Old Game

A field still wet from a mid-autumn rain,

Plays host to a game of the bat and one ball.

The Dirigos take the field, no gloves in their hands.

For a caught line drive is more than worth any pain.

A gust of wind, a shimmer of warm autumn pigment

The crunch of fiery leaves that are shredded by spikes.

When the first pitch comes, a swing and a steal.

It’s that old style of play, today just a figment

A ball on one hop can still be an out.

So don't run astray on your way to first base,

The pitcher has warning when he can't find the plate.

Scarce are strikeouts and walks in this bout.

Players don flannel tops and newsboy caps.

Gothic letters of choice emblazon their chests.

Most men wear long beards, some mustaches,

As onlookers marvel at baseball's time-lapse.

Despite four batsmen touching home plate,

Just ten minutes requisite for six speedy outs.

The running is swift, the throws are made true

And the Dirigos prevail in a nine-inning slate.

A vintage baseball player prepares to swing in a game on Oct. 16, 2021 in Allenstown, New Hampshire.