Early Autumn
Early Autumn


that October, i took the express route to the back porch
where shadows long as baptist sermons
shrouded the aging black and white,
(with rusting rabbit ears)
and the unheated room.

my then-beloved yankees
were dying like the remaining vestiges of summer;
humbled by the arm of koufax;
swinging without success
like apprentice jazzmen.

how could a wistful schoolboy
see what even roger maris missed
from the cheap seats,
on a set with failing sight,
3000 miles away?


reuben jackson
10/17/01 ©

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