poetry by j matthew waters

national anthem

baseball game streaming
live on a.m. radio
Iā€™m in my bedroom
in full uniform
practicing my grip
on brand new ash bat

not too tight but not too light
coach would tell me
you should see how robinson
and aaron and banks get it done

this is all before cable television
and all I got to go by
is how the announcer on the
radio calls it
unwittingly explaining to boys
how men of color
are quietly changing society
one integrated game at a time

june two thousand nineteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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