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Realist
10-21-2005, 05:56 PM
I'm posting this poem in the Clubhouse for two reasons. The first reason is so people can enjoy the poem in the context of the 2005 Chicago White Sox and their accomplishment of making it to the World Series. I'm sure many of us have been reflecting on past White Sox players and teams this past week. When reading the Clubhouse we think of the White Sox and when reading the Parking Lot we're often thinking of video games, defunct this and thats or favorite bands. I believe the context of this poem deserves to be nestled amongst our thoughts of the upcoming series.

The second reason is to let the world know that we are not cursed. There's a very good chance Fox is going to play up the BS "curse of Shoeless Joe" crap this weekend. This beautiful Nelson Algren poem is completely void of any curses or hints of curses. We are not cursed but we have been blessed with one of America's greatest writers as a fan of the White Sox.

A Silver-Colored Yesterday


Do not be remembering the most natural man ever to wear spiked shoes.

The canniest fielder and the longest hitter,

Who squatted on his heels

In a uniform muddied at the knees,

Till the bleacher shadows grew long behind him.

Who went along with Chick and Buck and Happy

Because they treated him so friendly-like,

Hardly like Yankees at all.

With Williams because Lefty was from the South too.

And with Risberg because the Swede was such a hard guy.

Who made an X for his name and couldn't argue with

Comiskey's sleepers.

But who could pick a line drive out of the air ten feet outside the foul line

And rifle anything home from anywhere in the park.

For Shoeless Joe is gone, long gone,

A long yellow grass-blade between his teeth

And the bleacher shadows behind him.


- Nelson Algren

antitwins13
10-21-2005, 06:17 PM
Sorry, I guess the mods weren't impressed.

Jjav829
10-21-2005, 06:43 PM
Sorry, I guess the mods weren't impressed.

Nah, Realist posted it in the wrong forum. :smile:

Realist
10-21-2005, 06:45 PM
Nah, Realist posted it in the wrong forum. :smile:

Yeah. Sorry 'bout that. Sometimes I ain't too bright. :smile:

Jjav829
10-21-2005, 06:48 PM
Yeah. Sorry 'bout that. Sometimes I ain't too bright. :smile:

I was gonna leave it there because I thought it was crap, but JRIG moved it.:smile:

Joking, I would have moved it but JRIG took care of it first.

TornLabrum
10-21-2005, 07:02 PM
One of my favorite poems. Thanks for printing it here.

Baby Fisk
10-22-2005, 12:04 AM
Nice poem. Hopefully in the next week, we will finally be able to lay these ghosts to rest for eternity.

BTW Realist: I've been trying to PM you for two weeks. You've got to empty out your mailbox, man!

Realist
10-24-2005, 07:03 PM
Nice poem. Hopefully in the next week, we will finally be able to lay these ghosts to rest for eternity.

BTW Realist: I've been trying to PM you for two weeks. You've got to empty out your mailbox, man!

I cleared out a few of 'em. :smile:

Bumping this up to help fight the stupid "curse" talk.