The Baseball Chronicle

Poetry, November 2010

The First Practice

The coach poured the
extra balls out of a
red drawstring bucket
bag, then the kids took
the mini-field forever
shagging long, left, right
foul plus one bouncing
blast over the billboard
forest where mushroom
flies and fungus gnats
hovered over the ball
until all the fielders
arrived to search deep
into the dark higher homer
power perimeter grass
just one little league
long ball game away

About the author

David S. Pointer lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. His latest poetry chapbook is Warhammer Piano Bar from Thunderclap Press available at He has poetry forthcoming at Skive Magazine, J Journal: New Writings on Justice, and Chiron Review.

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