Fielder

you know
one of the first things
I remember is sitting in the shady part of the lower bowl
of Tiger Stadium
behind the catcher looking out through netting
you said that the man at bat was big
said he was good
so I believed you
I remembered the cards I’d been given
collecting people’s accomplishments
year to year
but I hadn’t gotten his

when he swung
I held my breath
as if at any moment his
this creation
this enormous personality
would come to life before me
and something miraculous
would appear

and every day since then
(thanks to you)
I’ve expected for the same

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