I want to encourage Dads to engage in this meaningful pastime. I took my son, now 20 years old, to the Field of Dreams in Iowa to have a catch. It was one of my most memorable moments -- Ron

 

John Kinsella: Well, good night Ray.
Ray Kinsella: Good night, John.
[They shake hands and John begins to walk away]
Ray Kinsella: Hey... Dad?
[John turns]
Ray Kinsella: [choked up] "You wanna have a catch?"
John Kinsella: I'd like that.
-- Field of Dreams, Universal Pictures

 

The Invisible String

Ron Salisbury
The Cannery Restaurant, Newport Beach CA

 

Its just an invisible string

That binds

A ball and two mitts,

That binds

A boy and his Dad,

Incredibly etched,

A memory, a bond.

 

Its just and invisible string

In a field of dreams.

It’s Shoeless Joe,

And a man who longs

For that shared moment

That every kid needs,

That every Dad needs.

 

Its just an invisible string

That gives life

To a piece of horsehide,

And two gloves,

In two hands

That long to grasp, to reassure,

To confirm

A love

That lasts longer than the timelessness;

Last crack of a bat.

 


Linda Robertson, who works for Ron, contacted me about publishing Ron's poem on my web site. Ron's poem is wonderful. Especially because of the story behind it. How wonderful to visit the Field of Dreams and have a catch with your son. I'm honored to add Ron's poem to my baseball poetry page. ---Steve