The Base Stealer

Poised between going on and back, pulled

Both ways taut like a tight-rope walker,

Fingertips pointing the opposites,

Now bouncing tiptoe like a dropped ball,

Or a kid skipping rope, come on, come on!

Running a scattering of steps sidewise,

How he teeters, skitters, tingles, teases,

Taunts them, hovers like an ecstatic bird,

He's only flirting, crowd him, crowd him,

Delicate, delicate, delicate, delicate - Now!


----Robert Francis