Play Ball, Michael Langenstein, 1982

Five Poems

Play Ball

after a collage by Michael Langenstein
And God handed Adam
a sphere 2.9" in diameter,
weighing just over 5 ounces.
Covered with blanched cowhide
and stitched with red thread,
it contained 369 yards of yarn.
Its heart was cork.
God had taken
seven innings to make it
with attendant bats, fields,
players, fans, vast skies,
a rolling world of earth and ocean,
not to mention creatures and plants innumerable
to surround the stadia.
Then God stood and stretched
and sang "Take me out"
and saw that it was good.
But he would not say how
it would all end.
We'd have to wait
for the fat lady to sing.


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