Before the Game

From the book

That Sweet Diamond

by Paul B. Janeczko, Carole Katchen (Illustrator)

Pennants wave

on the souvenir stand


Sausages snap,

sizzle with onions on the grill


Girls with mitts

practice catches to be made



Ohhh-ficial scorecard


Boys, wearing caps of faraway teams,



Peanut shells crunch underfoot


Cheese oozes

over nachos



thick as the perfume

of popcorn and

boiled hot dogs

fills the air



ticket takers call,

This way

This way to the game