Saturday, October 3, 2020

In a few hours I'll be entering the writing huddle--a day and a half spent with the poems of Carruth and Kenyon and the curiosities of working poets. I am so looking forward to it.

Outside, at first light, the world is cool and damp . . . leaves plastered to cars and sidewalks after yesterday evening's rain, dahlias bunched and bowed but still blooming brightly in the gray dawn.

I learned this morning that the great pitcher Bob Gibson has died--one of my all-time favorites, whom David Halberstam writes about so eloquently in his book October 1964, detailing that year's World Series between Mickey Mantle's aging Yankees and the young, diverse Cardinals--a team with Tim McCarver and Lou Brock and Curt Flood and Bob Uecker and the amazing, scary Gibson . . . which also happened take place exactly at the moment when I was being born.

Here's a little poem I wrote about that series. It doesn't mention Gibson, but I wish it did.

October 7, 1964

Dawn Potter 

On the day I was born,

three Dixieland bands were playing

in the left-field corner of Busch Stadium,

and Bob Uecker, the Cardinals’ backup catcher,


was shagging balls, the World Series

was about to commence, Bob was about to snitch

a tuba and start catching pop flies in its bell,

the crowd was about to clap and cheer,


the irate tuba player was about to charge Bob

two hundred bucks for wrecking his horn,

and I was nothing, the bliss


of my father’s dream, the mirror

of my mother’s . . . and even still

nothing began again.




Carlene Gadapee said...

I love this poem!! It's perfectly wonderful. Thanks for posting it!

Daniel said...

Yes, this is indeed wonderful! And a very nice way to honor one of baseball’s all-time greats. Thank you.