Date: April 4th, 2014

As I Was Sprinting Home Today

by Paul Orshoski

I Hope I Don't Strike Out: And Other Funny Sports Poems

As I was sprinting home today
a gang of thugs appeared.
They roughed me up. They scratched my face.
And for my life I feared.

They tackled me and piled on.
They left me feeling dazed.
They pulled my hair. They ripped my clothes.
I tell you, they were crazed.

But as the rowdy group withdrew,
I knew it was in fun.
My baseball team had won its game –
I scored the winning run.


Copyright © 2008 Paul Orshoski. From I Hope I Don’t Strike Out: And Other Funny Sports Poems. Meadowbrook Press. Reprinted by permission of the author.

About The Author

Children's Poet Paul OrshoskiPaul Orshoski is a former educator from Sandusky, Ohio. He writes witty, rhyming children’s poems and books.

Several of Paul’s poems have appeared in poetry anthologies published by both Meadowbrook Press of Minnetonka, Minnesota and Scholastic, Inc. of New York, New York. These include: My Teacher’s in Detention, Dinner with Dracula, I’ve Been Burping in the Classroom, I Hope I Don’t Strike Out, and What I Did on my Summer Vacation. Paul’s poems have also appeared in the following magazines: Boys’ Quest, Fun For Kidz, Hopscotch For Girls, and Scholastic Action. Paul enjoys making kids giggle during school author visits by enthusiastically performing his poems and books in small or large group settings wherever he is asked to present.

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