On The Lighter Side

A parody of "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer.
The Sporting News of January 20, 1906.

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Chelan PD that day:
The score stood five to two with but one hearing more to play.
And then when a plea died at first, and a second did the same,
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.
A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast:
They thought if only the community could get a whack at that -
We'd put up even money now with the community at the bat.

So upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat.
For there seemed but little chance of the community getting to the bat.
Then from 5,000 throats and more there rose a lusty yell:
It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;
It knocked upon the mountain, and recoiled upon the flat,
For the community, mighty community, was advancing to the bat.

There was ease in the community's manner as they stepped into their place.
There was pride in the community's bearing and a smile upon their face.
And when, responding to the cheers, each lightly doffed their hat.
No stranger in the crowd could doubt ‘twas the community at the bat.

"I move to contract with the Chelan County Sheriff," the Councilman Harper said.
From the bleachers, bleak with people, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the bleating of the storm waves on a worn and distant shore.

With a smile of great charity the Mayor Pro-tem's voice shone;
Stilled the rising tumult: he bade the decision to go on;
He signaled to the council and a second flew;
And the community still ignored, Councilman Austin said, "I agree to contract too".

"Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and the echo answered fraud:
But with one scornful look, the community was awed.
They felt their faces grow stern and cold, they felt their muscles strain;
And they knew that they wouldn't let a decision go by again.

The sneer gone from their lips, their teeth clinched in hate;
The community pounds upon the elected slate.
And now the Council holds the ball, unable to let it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of the community's blow.

Oh! Somewhere in this favored land the sun is shinning bright;
The band is playing somewhere and somewhere hearts are light.
And somewhere men are laughing and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Chelanville - the mighty community has struck out.

A parody of "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer.
The Sporting News of January 20, 1906.

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