Thursday, April 5, 2018

Of Baseball, the White Sox and Nevest Coleman

photo © Mark Butkus 2011
Having opened their hearts, the Chicago White Sox open their home season today. Go ChiSox!

This one is for Nevest Coleman
Who was thrown a curveball
Who spent 23 years in prison
For a rape and murder
That he did not commit.

A groundskeeper for
The Southside team
Who minded his own business
Who tended to his team
Until an error by the Justice System
At the age of 26.

Nevest was given a
Certificate of Innocence
by a Cook County Judge
At the age of 49
He could now take a walk
To the ballpark,
To freedom.

His Southside team
The White Sox
Hit a home run and
Welcomed him back
To The family.

Play Ball!


— Mark Butkus