Astronomers debate an expanding universe
while philosophers note passing time
but the perfect distance really exists
in a ballplayer racing down the line
Ninety feet from home to first
(now how'd that interval ever arrive?)
splicing human speed with cowhide toss
for plays so close ...
thirty thousand fans can't decide
But it's this perfect distance that narrows space
between generations of fathers and daughters and sons
who watch the game and measure life
and laugh when their team has won.
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