Foul Ball

From the book

That Sweet Diamond

by Paul B. Janeczko, Carole Katchen (Illustrator)

Sometimes

the play on the field is

ignored

 

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-

cheer

as if her catch

could somehow change the game.