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The Man Who Saw the Red Sox Win the Series
By John Grey

The last man who was actually there
passes away in a Boston hospital,
dying words for anyone, anywhere
with the patient wherewithal
to listen to an oldster exaggerate
how huge the hitters, fast the pitch,
from his seat behind home plate,
so close, he saw the seam, the stitch.

His final breath, a skein of history
splits like the fingers of a mitt,
leaves it to books, to mystery,
to curse, to explain the myth of it.
A thousand ways to die or lose,
so goes the one who brought the news.


JOHN GREY's work has appeared recently (or is forthcoming) in South Carolina Review, Bellevue Literary Review, New Laurel Review, Lullwater Review, Confrontation, and Birmingham Poetry Review. His latest book is What Else Is There? from Main Street Rag.

© 2004 John Grey


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