Ya Gotta Believe!

October 2019 – By Jim Prevor

“Water, water everywhere,

Nor any drop to drink.”

                The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

                                — By Samuel Coleridge


It feels as if we are in the poem

Everything is “plant-forward” —



…Belief. But when I was a boy,

I was taught by the Mets

That “Ya Gotta Believe!”


National League Champions of 1973.


If I close my eyes. Shea Stadium:

Tom Seaver,

Yogi Berra,

The Wall Ball,

Tug McGraw

The three-word phrase that fueled
the team’s run to the NL championship:

“Ya Gotta Believe!”


Is it faith that matters?

Or does belief change behavior?

If you don’t believe, maybe you stop trying.


So, we gather in Anaheim

Seeking a path

Because we believe

We have



And we will find a way.


Because before there was any of this,

We tended the earth,

Watching things grow.

And we learned that from love,

Something incredible would grow.

Also from the Rime:

“He prayeth best, who loveth best

All things both great and small;

For the dear God who loveth us,

He made and loveth all.”


We do believe.