by Abbie Johnson Taylor
He didn’t leave his heart in San Francisco,
the home of the 2014 World Series champion.
No, his heart was in Colorado.
The Rockies haven’t won a world series game since 2007
when we realized he’d never walk again
after suffering two strokes.
If not for the team’s near victory,
eternal hope of subsequent victories,
he would not have lived five more years.
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Inspiration for ‘Game Over’
I wrote this poem several years ago in response to a November poem-a-day challenge. The prompt was to write about the end of a game. This poem reflects my late husband’s adoration of the Colorado Rockies baseball team and how their 2007 World Series victory and his hope for similar victories in coming years buoyed him, despite his paralysis as a result of two strokes.
About the Author
Abbie Johnson Taylor is the author of two novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir and is working on a third novel. Her work has appeared in The Writer’s Grapevine, Magnets and Ladders, The Weekly Avocet, and other publications. She’s visually impaired and lives in Sheridan, Wyoming, where she cared for her totally blind, partially paralyzed late husband, worked as a registered music therapist with nursing home residents, and helped other blind and visually impaired individuals. When not writing, she participates in a water exercise class, sings in a women’s group, and enjoys walking, reading, and listening to podcasts. Visit her website https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com.