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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Arthur Russell

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Life is a Game of Baseball

My family is an inning when the team
bats around, all nine up and just three down
even if we leave the bases loaded
even if three whiffed or grounded weakly
out to short, at least three came home; all nine
made the shorthand version of the cross
and knocked the dirt off their cleats with bats
and rectified their helmet brims
and open shut the Velcro on their gloves
and spat, and looked out at the bureaucrat
who leaned in from the mound, and tucked their chins
and flapped their elbows tightly to their sides
and listened for the banging on the dugout rail.