You'd Never Guess

identical smiles, same blond hair
next to each other
in the batting lineup
watching them joke around with their teammates
-their friends-
you’d never guess.
you’d never guess that these boys never had a father,
no one to tell them stories, no one to answer
when they called out,
“daddy?”
you’d never guess that their mother is falling apart,
drowning in a disease that could kill her, battling
her own body, and nearly
losing.
you’d never guess that their fees are being taken care of
by the coaches, because their family an barely take care of
itself.
but, see, you’d never guess
by watching one boy toe the pitcher’s mound while his
brother wrestles on a catcher’s mask.
by seeing them each swing a bat around,
by practically hearing their success when the
metal connects with that 9-inch ball.
by listening to them laugh and talk, to each other,
to their friends.

identical smiles, same blond hair
next to each other
in the batting lineup.
you’d never guess.





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BoosflashThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm
anything you (you oersonally) can make into a poem is poem worthy. i love it captain. and I'm not just posting that.
 
possiblylindsey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm
wow, thank you. that really means a lot.
 
JustAdmiring said...
Jun. 26, 2010 at 8:18 pm
This made me alomst Cry - good but questioned tears - seems alot going on for these boys and life.
 
possiblylindsey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 27, 2010 at 10:14 am
so true, these boys are having a rough time. but the thing is, they are the sweetest boys youll ever meet .. and youd never guess their situation by watching them play baseball. so i thought that was poem-worthy. thanks for your feedback.
 
possiblylindsey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm
i meant to pst an author's not on this, but i typed it in computer class and we were running out of time, so i couldnt. this poem's about twins that i  know - 11 year olds - who are just, not in the best of situations. and it makes me sad because they dont even know that they hardly have anything. they still smile.
 
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