By the Numbers

First published in Blithe Spirit 32:4, November 2022, pages 87–88. Originally written in August of 2015.

first—

the rubber ball bouncing

through the school yard

second—

the ball player yawns

after dusting his legs

third—

the puck sliding slowly

to the empty net

fourth—

nothing but net

at the buzzer

fifth—

a gutter ball

from the celebrity

sixth—

the wicket trembles

in blazing sun

seventh—

a touchdown dance

in the endzone

eighth—

the coin toss

botched

ninth—

the inning ends

with a grand slam

tenth—

a hole in one

at the pro-am