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POETRY

Satchel Paige Takes Off His Pitcher's Mask
By Daniel Bronson

I threw a pea at your knee,
A blur past your slur.
I smiled through the years,
Knowing guile was my mate—
Slipped my curve by your fears,
Blew my heat past your hate.
Even so,
We both know
That you cheated me.

—EFQ


DANIEL BRONSON is a professor of English and journalism at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He regularly works on programs with the Yogi Berra Museum and occasionally gets to teach a course on baseball and literature.

© 2003 Daniel Bronson

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