Little League

It was a pleasure
to watch him burn
through batters his
initial start on the mound.

And when he burned to ashes
on his next attempt, that was good too.

To fail so publicly and so safely.
To quell the roaring waves of tears.
To grip the bat and rip the ball -
To put one inning in the past
and lead another off with a hit.

To rise like the Phoenix from the ashes of self-inflicted failure.

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