Opening Day—Postponed


photo of baseball and field in the rain

Thank you to Kaitlyn Sanchez and Ciara O’Neal for this fun Spring Fling contest!


I made my own gif from an Unsplash photo by Jack Murrey



By Amy Leskowski


Big game today!

Can’t wait to play!



No way—

a rain delay.


How long?



Another ten?

It’s time!

But then—

they wait,



A wind too loud

and darkened cloud

concern the crowd

of fans so proud.


Each parent waits.

Each coach debates.

Ump estimates,

talks “makeup dates.”


Cleats kerplunk.

Laces dunk.

The field has sunk.






It’s time to scoot.

Each star recruit

must take their route

for home’s commute.


Three days of doubt,




till sluggers shout:

“The sun’s back out!”


38 thoughts on “Opening Day—Postponed

  1. Your story reads so naturally, I love your rhyme and all that you capture in so few words!

  2. This is clever and creative. Landed on the right day. Good luck!

  3. I could feel the disappointment of a rained-out game. Good job getting in feeling and sound with so few words. Good luck!

  4. You captured the team’s disappointment perfectly, Amy! I love the stair step formatting. Well done!

  5. Love this! It is absolutely delightful to read aloud. Great job, Amy!

  6. I love the wonderful rhythm and how you captured the ups and downs of travel baseball in spring. Great story, Amy!

  7. Well done, Amy! Excellent rhyme, and with so few words you created a vivid story.

  8. I remember these days with our boys – for us it was travel soccer. I learned right away to carry extra large trash bags in the car for all their wet, muddy cleats and uniforms.
    I love the rhyme!

  9. Ha, love it, very well done rhyme and the gif really matches the tone, thanks so much for sharing with us!

  10. Hi Amy,

    This is such a lovely story! I’m a huge baseball fan, so it especially resonates with me. Congrats, and good luck!

    1. Thanks, Connie! I’m so glad to hear it!! I’m a huge baseball fan too! Hope you’re doing well! Thanks for stopping by and for your encouragement!

  11. Awww! Poor fellas, very few kids won’t be able to identify with this story!

    1. Thank you!! I have too-vivid memories of this happening growing up. Even now, whenever the kids’ games are canceled, I feel that pain with them!

  12. What a great story, Amy! You really caught the feeling of a rained-out game. So fun!

    Donna O’Donnell Figurski

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