There's a lot of baseball going on around here.
My beloved Rice University Owl baseball team is playing at home this weekend
in the NCAA regional tournament as 64 teams reach for the stars
and the right to play for the College World Series in Omaha in late June.
So, I went back to
America Plays Ball: Historical Baseball Photographs from the Library of Congress
published by Pomegranate.
Little boys playing baseball.
The back of the card reads:
US Resettlement Administration project children's baseball game at
Granger (IA) Homesteads, May 1936.
Photograph by Carl Mydans
Prints and Photographs Division LC-USF33-T01-607-M5
Did you know that there is a book titled Baseball Haiku?
I've been following Haiku My Heart in the blog world for awhile.
I haven't tried my hand at writing one, although I feel the urge coming on.
Not too long ago there were comments that some weren't following the *recipe*
for Haiku and therefore *they* were doing something wrong.
Obviously, this well meaning person knew nothing about baseball haiku.
So, here is a little educational post!
the young grass
kids get together
to hit a ball
This haiku was written by Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902)
"The last of the four great pillars of Japanese haiku and the first modern haiku poet, Masaoka Shiki revived the genre of haiku from its stagnant state near the end of the nineteenth century and gave it a new and vibrant life. Influenced by recent Western literature and art, he used common language and new subject matter to move haiku away from the classical vocabulary and conventional themes that had been stifling innovation. He wrote about glass doors, railroad trains, and even a new game -- baseball. In 1890 he created the world's first baseball haiku."*
We learn something new everyday!
Here's to baseball and haiku!
Thank you to our hosts:
Long may they flourish!
* From the book Baseball Haiku: The Best Haiku Ever Written About The Game by
Van Den Heuvel and Tamura