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Poem by former Wellesley High team captain honors late coach, Paul (Wally) Seaver

Posted by Your Town  February 7, 2013 01:44 PM

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Caroline Harrington, a senior captain on the 2011-12 Wellesley High girls’ team, wrote a poem honoring Paul (Wally) Seaver in the fall of 2011. The 53-year-old Seaver, a longtime coach at Milford, Franklin and Wellesley high schools, lost his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly know as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Tuesday morning.

Seaver asked that the poem be recited at his funeral on Friday.

“Though my time knowing him was short, I will never forget him,” Harrington, now a freshman at Hamilton College, said in her preface to the poem. “He was a part of my basketball family. Sadly, our charity basketball game probably will not result in a cure for this horrible disease. However, our entire basketball community—from elementary school CYO kids to Varsity Boys’ and Girls’ programs—was united for the love of the game, and for the sake of a great man.''

Here is the poem, titled "So We Play.''

I imagine him waking up - Choking on air

His extremities are limp from paralysis - His body is failing him

I see his family crying - His clock is ticking down

Putting on strong smiles - They care for him

I watch his team, filled with sadness - Their guide, their mentor

Is suffering - They are stricken with confusion

I cannot understand - I cannot find answers

I cannot make things right

But I can act

Because what else can I do?

I’m not going to be the passive girl - Filled with regrets

In honor of a man, However brief his role in our family was

He made an impact on our community - He helped to make our program great

And so we played for him

32 minutes of a beautiful game - Boys and girls

Varsity and JVers - We played for him

One family- One team

One community - We played for him

Though his time is short - He will never be forgotten

And when I’m down - I’ll always remember

We played for him.

And we always will.


This poem is dedicated to a man that was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was the Boys’ Junior Varsity basketball coach during the 2010-2011 season. His name is Coach Seaver. Though my time knowing him was short, I will never forget him. He was a part of my basketball family. Sadly, our charity basketball game probably will not result in a cure for this horrible disease. However, our entire basketball community—from elementary school CYO kids to Varsity Boys’ and Girls’ programs—was united for the love of the game, and for the sake of a great man. We acted together. We played together.


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