Prayer for the Umpire

From the book

That Sweet Diamond

by Paul B. Janeczko, Carole Katchen (Illustrator)

May you go unnoticed

in your job of noticing

things small and large:

the edges of the plate

as well as its heart,

the hands of the fans eager for

a souvenir before its time,

the bounce of the ball

the lay of the line

the mutterings of the sulky clean-up batter.


May your voice

leave no doubt

about ball or stee-riiike.


May your knees not ache.


May your arches not fall.


May your mask remain sound.


And may you give all players

their say

before you turn away.