National Poetry Month: Day Three

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In honor of Opening Day, a baseball poem by Kate Glavin from Hobart, which publishes great baseball poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

 

Men Try to Teach You Things

you already know.

Never take the first pitch.
Never buy a glove too big.

That’s not how I learn.

We had a knothole
gang—people

who couldn’t pay

for the game
watched us play

through holes
in the fence.

You should’ve seen
them—all tiptoes

til the last
batter swung.

That’s hard work—
always reaching

up to see.
And the funny thing is

it was always them
thanking me.

from Hobart: Another Literary Journal

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