Taking the Field

      by Christopher Herold and Michael Dylan Welch

 

First published in Frogpond 17:3, Autumn 1994, page 22. Written at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, on Wednesday, 28 July 1993. For more of my baseball haiku, see “Pop Fly.”

 

        Los Angeles Dodgers             2

        San Francisco Giants           1

 

 

after the anthem

umpires cluster

by the plate                                                                        Christopher

 

        runner off first

        the pitcher’s tight jaw                                            Michael

 

third inning—

fog shadows

take the field                                                                     Christopher

 

pop fly!

mouths open

beyond left field                                                              Michael

 

        double down the line

        a puff of chalk                                                           Christopher

 

seventh-inning stretch

       dust

on the catcher’s knees                                                  Michael