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Baseball Poetry

Satori in Cooperstown
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
379 homers? or
379 drops of rain, pelting a temple bell?

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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