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Poetry in the Post-Season: Part 1

Posted By Karen Hallowell, Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Updated: Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Nancy Culleton proudly displays her Phillies gear. (photograph by Susan Quinn)
 
Situated as we are between Gotham and the City of Brotherly Love, the George School community discovered another dimension of diversity as the Major League Baseball season headed toward its conclusion.
 
What does any self-respecting baseball fan do when overwhelmed with joy and excitement about his or her team? Stop traffic? Smash windows? Tear down light poles? Nay, not here at George School.
 
In such times, we pick up that mighty metaphorical pen, step up to the plate, and write poetry.
 
Our story opens as the National League Championship Series concludes with a decisive win by Philadelphia over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The place: George School Community News, an email conference used every day by students, faculty and staff alike. The first exuberant salvo was fired into the air by Nancy and Terry Culleton (see below) but soon others, young and old, would rise to the challenge. (To follow the stream of post-season baseball limericks in its entirety on the Alumni Website, click here.)
 
From: Nancy Culleton, Thursday, October 22, 2009
Subject: Why Can't Us, AGAIN and AGAIN!!!
 
O say can you see, and O can you tell
How well they all followed the Manuel?
Game Five is won,
The Dodgers are done --
This party is gonna be ANNUAL!!!!
 
From: Terry Culleton, Thursday, October 22, 2009
Subject: Us R gudd!!
 
L.A. played hard, it is true.
They really did all they could do.
Their pitchers were fair,
Their hitters hit air,
And then, well, they lost -- Aw, boo hoo!
 
Ladies and gentlemen, friends and neighbors: there’s much more baseball to be played. Stay tuned for more, uh, poetry.

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