..describing the art of pitching..

..describing the "art" of pitching..

His art is eccentricity, his aim
How not to hit the mark he seems to aim at.

His passion how to avoid the obvious,
His technique how to vary the avoidance.

The others throw to be comprehended.  He
Throws to be a moment misunderstood.

Yet not too much.  Not errant, arrant, wild,
But every seeming aberrant willed.

Not to, yet still, still to communicate
Making the batter understand too late.


Thats a clever little poem from Robert Francis, seemingly describing the prowess of a skilled baseball pitcher, but a metaphor for any artist superior at his or her craft – a painter, a sculptor, a poet, a writer and not just a baseball pitcher. Is it any surprise then to read that Robert Frost was his mentor.


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