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Baseball Poetry

Satori in Cooperstown
3/3/99
By Mikhail Horowitz

 

 

The News:

On this March day at
century's end, as a sugary dusting of snow
is shaken loose from pine branch by a crow
       
  Orlando Cepeda    
       
    the one-time Baby Bull
       
has become the      
       
  1st Buddhist    
       
    in Baseball's  
       
      Hall of Fame!
* * *  
       
Lefty Hakuin's commentary:  
   
What is the sound of one hand roaring?
 
Is it a plaque showing the hero's face before
his mother or father were born?
       
A display case filled with crumpled leaves, a
mottled stone, maybe a worn glove clutching a
pinecone?
       
379 homers? or
379 drops of rain, pelting a temple bell?
-EFQ


MIKHAIL HOROWITZ is the author of Big League Poets (City Lights, 1978) and a contributor to many outré baseball anthologies. His poem "Pearly Babe," which appeared in vol. 16, no. 3 of EFQ, was subsequently posted on the official Web site of the Los Angeles Dodgers (www.dodgers.com) and recited by Vin Scully.

© 2000 Mikhail Horowitz

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