From the book

That Sweet Diamond

by Paul B. Janeczko, Carole Katchen (Illustrator)

The nuns from Holy Name,

settled in a row

behind the first-base dugout

straight as piano keys,

began the game

with composure

and popcorn

from paper megaphones,

used by the third

to amplify their pleas.


In the fifth

all but two fell

victim to The Wave.


In the seventh

they stretched,

the click of their beads lost in

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game."



in their team

paid off

in the ninth

when the catcher with a saintly


sent a pitch

to the gravel parking lot

behind the fence,

close enough to heaven

to win the game.