Playing with Dad

Playing catch with dad

Dave Thompson, Kenai

Playing catch till dark on summer eves

As I not yet a teen

The baseball smacks right in my mitt

Dad pleased with joy unseen

He does not show his pride of son

To do so curbs his gain

The ball comes harder, faster still

My left palm feels the pain

Each pitch he throws to challenge me

To master all my skills

He knows all the curves of life

Patient guidance he instills

I feel a sense of gratitude

My eyes glued on the ball

But he sees more than just a game

His son is standing tall

Though just a boy he fosters me

To reach beyond life’s throw

He readies me for world unseen

No time to take it slow

He nods me forth as sun goes down

I walk out to the mound

He puts his glove hand round my neck

He smiles without a sound

Our time stood still upon that hill

His love, there was no end

I guess that’s just what fathers do

Oh Dad, you’re my best friend

More in Life

Nick Varney
Unhinged Alaska: A Christmas artist and a cyber safari

My attempts at adornment layouts come across as being colorfully sculptured landfills

File
Minister’s Message: Keep your faith focused on Jesus

Don’t let fear make you slip from faith

Hip-Hop students practice their routines for Forever Christmas on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, at Forever Dance in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Forever Dance rings in the holidays with variety show

The show serves as a fun holiday tradition and an opportunity to get on stage early in the season

Image courtesy 20th Century 
Ralph Fiennes is Chef Julien Slowik and Anya Taylor-Joy is Margot in “The Menu”
On the Screen: ‘The Menu’ serves up fun twists and earnest commentary

I was plenty interested in the film I saw in the trailers, but the one I saw at the theater was so much more

Golden Soup mixes cauliflower, onions and apples and can be made in one pot. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Golden soup offers a healthy reprieve after holiday indulgence

On the off days between the trips and celebrations I find it necessary to eat strategically

Photo courtesy of the National Archives 
This photo and information from a “prison book” at San Quentin state prison in California shows Arthur Vernon Watson when he entered the prison at age 23.
Justice wasn’t elementary, Watson, Part 2

Well before he shot and killed a man in Soldotna in 1961, Arthur Vernon Watson was considered trouble

Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)
Life in the Pedestrian Lane: Thanksgiving

We at least have a good idea of what our political future looks like.

This is Arthur Vernon Watson at age 39, when he was transferred from the federal prison in Atlanta to the penitentiary on Alcatraz Island near San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of the National Archives)
Justice wasn’t elementary, Watson, Part 3

Anchorage probation officer Roy V. Norquist was monitoring Arthur’s movements and reported that he was pleased with what he saw

Most Read