A Nine-Year Old Girl Watches the 1993 World Series

That square of unimaginable

green, his leap over a cloud.

Out of a red cap, curls

tumbled with sweat beads.

Color patches beamed

from the box in our toyroom;

I craned my neck to see joy—


Pete Rose and Ichiro Meet in Baseball Heaven or at Card Show

After Hustle’s laughter

wears off, their orbits

align. Ballcap to black sun-

glasses, criminalized and

sainted, inscrutable.

God watches their gaze

settle up the middle.

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Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence, a full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications and four chapbooks of poetry and lyric essays. Her baseball poetry appears in Southwest Review, Hobart, Poet Lore, Blackbird, FanGraphs, and elsewhere. Essays on sports can be found in Pleiades, Baseball Prospectus, Mid-American Review, Barrelhouse, Fansided, and other venues. Sandy is on the masthead at River Styx Magazine and is the Coordinator of Tutoring Services at College of DuPage. She is currently shopping a full-length collection of poems about the 2016 Chicago Cubs.