Foul Ball

From the book

That Sweet Diamond

by Paul B. Janeczko, Carole Katchen (Illustrator)


the play on the field is



as the ball bounces off

hands that want it too much


or scuttles

down a runway

quick as a rat

racing to its hiding place


or settles

in the grip of a woman

who holds her prize aloft

flashes a grin

as the fans-knowing her

only for her luck-


as if her catch

could somehow change the game.