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Posted: April 28th. 2012 7:59:42 AM
Bocce Player Reverie
by Stewart Bitkoff
Age Group: Adult
In my mind’s eye, while driving to graduate school
Through the busy lower east side streets of Manhattan,
I still see them;
Often, rising unannounced into my thoughts.
Wondering what is was about them
That intrigued me so?
Just an ordinary group of old men sitting, standing,
Laughing and talking:
As they took turns rolling their bocce balls;
Each trying to out-play another.
While the rest of the world,
Busy with duties, running errands
And tending to daily cares.
Seemingly free of entanglements, these old fellows sipped their wine,
Joked, played their shots and eased their way home
For a warm, cooked meal and nap.
In their own way, enjoying hours of companionship: talking of the old country
And their village; embracing the morning sunlight across their face.
O the joys and pleasures of life long friends: living, being,
And planning every roll of the ball.
Now, I have had many seasons, walking long miles;
Slowly, life has shown me
The allure of that early morning game.
Here for a brief moment-
Freedom from care;
The chance to express oneself
In the arena of friendship and competition.
Bocce a game worth playing well; an opponent
To test one self against; among the support
And friendly gibes of others.
Mostly, life is very distant from these games.
Often filled with sickness, worry and death;
Particularly as one grows older, we forget how to play.
Bocce like life, an opportunity
To create, have fun, test one self and be accepted.
Now in my life, there are few bocce games and friendly companions.
Sadly, they exist only in an old man’s reverie;
Lost someplace, in another time;
On a distant dirt covered, bocce court
Situated alongside a city cross street.
Yet, in my mind’s eye,
Fondly this memory lingers;
Causing a smile to touch my lips,
And a tear to gently roll down my cheek.
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