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By William Miller

Many coaches consider suicide;
many umpires want a drink
so badly they call more
strikes than balls.

And the parents?

No Roman mob
could be more vicious
in its demand for blood,
howling, cursing
when their side
loses or wins.


WILIAM MILLER is an Associate Professor of English at York College of Pennsylvania. His poems, short stories, and essays have appeared in over a hundred journals, including The Southern Review, Louisiana Literature, The Southern Poverty Review, Tar River Review, The Amherst Review, and West Branch. He is the author of eleven children's books, and has also published a chapbook and three full-length poetry collections.

© 2003 William Miller


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