Special Poem Commemorates Robinson Signing

We are pleased to present this remarkable poem by Richard Ward of Sanford, North Carolina. The lyrics of this copyrighted work are printed by permission. It commemorates the landmark signing of Jackie Robinson by Dodger president Branch Rickey.

Thirteen new songs including "Splendid Behavior" put to music will appear on http://zebox.com/misipitrik including the "Audio Book" version in June/July.

Splendid Behavior

He said, "This is the player you wanted,
He turns like a dancer and runs like a deer.
He's smart and he's cool and he once was a warrior
And he is no stranger to danger and fear."

"Is he quick to anger, can he hold his temper,
Can he walk away from a taunt or a fight?"
"Well he doesn't back down, and he doesn't back off,
But he might walk away if he thought it was right."

"I would meet this young man, please try to arrange it,
And send in the Captain before you go.
He must agree to pick up this gauntlet,
For where it will lead, not one of us knows."

The Black Knight walked in like a prince or a minstrel,
It was hard to tell, he was in disguise.
The Captain stood up, walked over to greet him,
Gripped his hand firmly, and fixed his blue eyes.

He said, "I've seen you in action, I have not seen better,
In your kingdom or mine, I swear it is true.
If you take this quest I will stand with you,
Through bitter and sweet, until it is through."

So the two 'knights errant', one black and one white,
And the good king, on horseback, set out for the fight
And yes, they all fell, all died one by one,
But they did not fall till they finished this song.

Misipitrik Inspired by Jason Giambi, Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, Jose Canseco, Sammy Sosa, Raphael Palmero, Babe Ruth, Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Larry Doby, Branch Rickey, Pee Wee Reese, and -- Jackie Robinson.