Friday, August 15, 2008

How To Play Night Baseball by Jonathan Holden


A pasture is best, freshly
mown so that by the time a grounder's
plowed through all that chewed, spit-out
grass to reach you, the ball
will be bruised with green kisses.
Start in the evening. Come
with a bad sunburn and smelling of chlorine,
water still crackling in your ears.
Play until the ball is khaki—
a movable piece of the twilight—
the girls' bare arms in the bleachers are pale,
and heat lightning jumps in the west. Play
until you can only see pop-ups,
and routine grounders get lost in
the sweet grass for extra bases.

1 comment:

  1. This is great. I love the details, the water crackling in ears, the khaki ball, the heat lightning.

    Growing up in a rural area, I spent many summer nights hanging out a tiny rustic ball field, talking to boys in the glow of the concession stand, one eye on the road to check out the drivers of the pickups cruisin by...

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Hey, thanks for your thoughts and your time:>)