Sixty Four Plus One

Onward, forward, into the tournaments they roar
The brackets are assembled, they number sixty four.
Long shot, sure-thing, a classic thoroughbred
Daydream, big scheme, now sited head to head.

Fans chant, bands blare, crowded bleachers groan
Coach’s chart, player’s shot, little is left unknown.
Whistles blow, men jump, ball is in the air
End to end the playing goes and I sit in my chair.

                                                      -Clarence Holm

On A Winter’s Day

January 8th, 2016 was the 50th Anniversary of the car/train crash in Sanborn, ND that involved the St. Catherine’s Junior High Basketball team. Rodney Meidinger, and Paul Hannig died as the result of the accident and the shock of the incident is still with us to this day. As classmates and chums, I miss them dearly…

Playground Time

My friends forever play,
In canvas shoes, shooting all-star shots.
Never older, not one day
Always perfect, no worries or doubts.

Working on their pick and roll,
The ball passed between them.
Laughing smiles and cocky grins,
Arching set shots from the gym.

Endless play with childhood friends
The workout never tires them.
Spinning, twisting, baseline move
They touch the rim, having fun.

Running clock, it’s playground time,
Sights and sounds of yesteryear.
Frozen moments deeply felt,
My turn to join in, soon one year.

My friends forever play,
In canvas shoes, shooting all-star shots.
Never older, not one day
Always perfect, no worries or doubts.

-Clarence Holm