The pendulum swings –

last year he was batting .143,

a poem and a baseball lifetime ago.

This year, he hit a walk-off

grand slam home run in the team’s

fifth game of the season.

The baseball gods taketh away,

and they also giveth – occasionally.

Life, too provides the roller coaster ride of baseball.

Rise, fall, with you crouching in the box awaiting

pitches that come at varying heights and speeds.

It’s important to note a really good hitter

fails seventy percent of the time.

So, I counsel myself to be patient,

a virtue I lack at the plate and elsewhere,

while remembering Ike Davis was hitting .143,

and this year won the game

with a most towering home run.