Friday, July 3, 2020

Friday Poem(s)

Environmental & Science Education
Art and Environment
Edward Hessler

Greetings from Saint Paul on this 185th day of 2020. Gone, behind us is 50.55% of the year or 1598400005 seconds. On this day the sun rises at 5:31 am and sets at 9:02 pm giving us 15h 30m 57s of sunlight. It is National Eat Your Beans Day.

Today's quote is from a column by George Will, baseball sports addict who is "looking forward to a relapse." Will's WaPo column was republished in the Minneapolis Star Tribune June 25. He commented on utterances we'll not hear because baseball is in dormancy. Here is an example from Hall of Fame player Ralph Kiner who, in addition to being a Mets announcer is an amateur physicist, in which he explained the cold weather shortening effect--the distance a fly ball can shorten up to 25'. "If the fence is 338 feet [away] and you hit the ball 338 feet, you'll be 25 feet short."

Two poems today for the 4th of July. I wasn't about to settle the issue with a coin toss.

The first is by Claude McKay.

The second is by John Haines.

I think Will's comment deserves a baseball poem. It is by Maxine Kumin.

A triple.

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