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POETRY

Out of the Yard
By J. Kelly Yenser

Hendu saw it all the way, sat
on a flat slider, driving it out to left.
The sore-armed Moore slumped and that
was that. Soon after the Sox headed for the Mets.

And we all know what happened almost next:
Buckner kicked a Sunday bounce,
Mookie legged it out, etcetera.
(Did you hear the one going around

that winter: How Billy Buck thought
to step in front of a bus . . . but it went between his legs?)
What's the diff, finally? We all foresaw
the curse before it was again, but never

the worst: that Donnie Moore, sore at heart,
would take it in so soon, would take it all so hard.

—EFQ


J. KELLY YENSER's work has previously appeared in Elysian Fields Quarterly, and he has been published in Sports Illustrated. He lives in Moscow, Idaho.

© 2002 J. Kelly Yenser

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