Baseball Loves You Back

(appeared in Slurve, May 2010)

She knows you tucked the
transistor under your pillow,
she planned it, seducing you
in Harwell’s voice, painting
in your ear the art of Kaline
Cash, Lolich, Horton,
beckoning you to dirt patches
where right field was out and
your brother pitched to
both sides, introducing
you to a minor league
infielder who gave you tickets
and an autographed ball,
creating the sacred shrine at
Michigan and Trumbull
where you tossed peanut
shells under your seat and
fruitlessly waved your
glove at every foul ball,
tuning ash on horsehide
to the key of perfect.