The Big Hitter - Limericked Fun on a Real Home Run

A backstop ornament co-ed

In elementary phys. Ed –

She couldn’t hit

Or use her mitt,

Unpicked and overlooked instead.


They’d crowd the diamond to play ball,

And every student, one and all,

Who loved the game –

No fear of shame –

Awaited captain’s welcome call.


At last, the choices would be made:

One player left; didn’t make the grade.

The scrawny brain

Would face disdain,

As gym coach would insist she played.


Each turn at bat, she never ran,

For sadly, every pitch she’d fan.

“Strike three!” they’d yell,

Clear as a bell.

Her confidence was in the can.


She’d trudge to outfield with a frown

And cower, her defenses down.

Athletics class

Would slowly pass,

Till time to leave would come around.


The bell would ring its sweet retort,

And off to class they would report.

As jocks would strut,

Her feelings cut,

For they of her would oft make sport.


Still, she was smartest of the lot –

A miracle of higher thought.

Disparate marks,

Despite their barks –

One day, she out-surpassed their haught.


Her reinforcement came at last.

She graduated top of class.

And in her speech,

She did beseech,

As sporty bullies failed to pass.


Today, those field stars, true to style,

Field telemarketers and file.

Their captain, she –

Now boss, you see –

Calls all the shots with winning style.
c2008 by Linda Ann Nickerson

Posted for a variety of prompts:

Mad Kane (“art,” “athletics,” “school” or “things you aren’t good at”) 

Manic Monday (“Relieving Tension” - NOT!) 

Meme Express (“sheriff”) 

One Single Impression (“defenses down”) 

Seek the Lord Sunday (open topic) 

Simply Snickers (“sport,” “smart” and “strut”)  

Slice of Life Sunday (“a matter of choice,” “an engaging proposition” or “writer’s choice – what life memory moves you today?”) 

Sunday Scribblings (“miracle”)  

Totally Optional Prompts (“time to leave”) 

Weekend Wordsmith ("reunion" photo - below)  

Word Beads (“athletic,” “disparate,” “dyspeptic,” “re-enforcement” and “strut”)


  1. Wonderful! Thanks so much for participating in my latest poetry prompt!

  2. Well that was a feat!
    Good for her!

  3. I love this! I'm proud of her. :)

  4. Oh, yes, I remember the days of gym class! What a great piece. And what a delightful ending.

  5. Ah, yes! Good work - truth with a giggle!

  6. i'm amazed at how many prompts you covered with the one post. :) brilliant.

  7. I was that kid, but I'm still waiting for my comeuppance!

  8. Hidden depths - we all have something we're good at...I'll let you know when I find out what it is for me.