NIGHT GAME by Howie Good

It’s been a season of rainouts
and incurable diseases.

The bullpen under water.
The shortstop drunk on the field.

The manager fills out the lineup card
by drawing names in the air.

You push through the turnstile
like a lifelong fan regardless.

But better hurry and find your seat,
or you won’t see the pitcher

standing behind the mound
between warmup tosses

with his head bowed, weeping.

One Response to “NIGHT GAME by Howie Good”

  1. Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University
    of New York at New Paltz, is the author of eight poetry
    chapbooks. He has been nominated three times for a
    Pushcart Prize and twice for the Best of the Net
    anthology. His first full-length book of poetry, Lovesick,
    is forthcoming from The Poetry Press of Press Americana.

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