The Pitcher

From the book

That Sweet Diamond

by Paul B. Janeczko, Carole Katchen (Illustrator)

Standing

alone,

above the rest

in the center of the diamond,

his art is foolery,

casting a spell,

never showing the batter

more than he needs to know

for the moment

it takes a slider, change, or

tantalizing curve

to break the heart

of the plate.