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Third Base Coach
By Murray Silverstein

They don't, as a rule, stay in the box chalked out for them.

Some straddle, won't step on a line, while some, it seems,
Canít not scuff up the place, make its slow obliteration
One of their secret signs: scuff-tug-rub-hitch; but only one

Is real. They steal enemy signs, tell guys barreling
Into third whether or not to slide, and guys on third
If and when to tag. Generally players once, they go out early

To the box and fuss about the grass. You were one
I dreamt last night and waved my runners home.


MURRAY SILVERSTEIN lives in Oakland, California, where he is an architect and citizen of Athletics Nation. He is co-author of A Pattern Language and Patterns of Home; Sixteen Rivers Press of San Francisco has recently published his first collection of poems, Any Old Wolf.

© 2006 Murray Silverstein


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