What A Bum!

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Quadrille #110
"Shall we bum around a bit? (posted by whimsygizmo)

"Remember, the Quadrille is that pithy little creation of our own making: simply a poem of exactly 44 words, including one specific word provided. So be a beach bum. Bum a cigarette. Bum us out or have us bursting out laughing in wonder at your best bumbling of the word: Bummer. Bummed. Bumbershoot. Bumming. Bumptious. Bumpkin. Bumboat."

Tough crowd at Ebbets field
when the Dodgers were
in Brooklyn. One bad pitch
they’d yell, trow da bum out!.
It was a bummer for the
pitcher. Vociferous voices
were unrelenting.
All part of the game.
Fans bumming cigarettes,
cones of pink cotton candy.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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22 Responses to What A Bum!

  1. rothpoetry says:

    “Take me out/back to the ball game!” Love your nostalgic piece..
    I see you got a grip on the new format on WP!!


  2. You have recreated the scene very well!


  3. msjadeli says:

    Nice slice of life. Ah, the good old days. I just learned that some teams are putting cutouts in the seats and playing canned baseball sounds.


  4. Lucy says:

    Oh, I love this.


  5. robtkistner says:

    Like what you’ve written sara — come I invite you to time travel with me.


  6. Misky says:

    Peanuts. You forgot the roasted peanuts!!


  7. whimsygizmo says:

    Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks…

    I haven’t been to a ballgame in years, but now that I CAN’T go to one, I really really want to. What we wouldn’t give for those “yelling at the ump” days back!


  8. Beverly Crawford says:

    We wonder when the crowd will be able to berate the pitcher and cheer the home run again. So many pleasures we didn’t take time to appreciate will be so sweet when (and if) they return!


  9. sanaarizvi says:

    Oh I absolutely love this! 💝


  10. gillena says:

    Tough crowd and soft pink cotton candy
    What a mix
    StaY safe



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