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Mesquite Bend: Summer Nights


30 days poetry

Baseball Days

Cicadas cast oblong shadows
on the hard-packed dirt
that counts as the road
leading up to the field

Old Man Grievy gifted the town
more than four decades ago,
its treeless expanse the sun-baked
home to baseball games
these summer evenings.

A breeze in this dry air
makes even the warmest days
bearable, as the Mom brigade
totes coolers full of Cokes
and bologna sandwiches
to this main event just past
the outskirts of legal city limits.

The Syler brothers hover
at the edge of the field,
often at the bottom of the third,
their cooler full of beer
hauled in from two counties over
just for nights like these.

Truck lights beam across home plate
as dusk blinks out the sunshine,
all radios tuned to the fuzzy sounds
of a country station filling in the spaces
between the clack of wooden bats,
the hum of crickets, and the lonely hoot
of an owl on some distant hunt.

Armed with gossip and iced tea,
Rose Rayborn glides between the groups
of lawnchaired adults, hardly noting
the rugged play of mixed teams
just a few feet away from her.  Rose
holds the truths of every player
to her chest like the treasure
of the child who left Mesquite Bend
more than a decade ago,
his baseball days tucked away
like the baby clothes Rose
has wrapped in tissue paper
in her hallway closet.

Ramona Levacy
April 11, 2015

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I am a 40-something Texan with a feisty cat and a supportive husband of 20 years. With a Master's degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, I have taught creative writing at Texas Tech, won awards for my writing and been blessed to be mentored by Horn Professor and poet Dr. Walt McDonald. I earn a living by helping my husband's family run a health food store, but my avocation is writing. I hope you enjoy reading about some of my triumphs and tragedies as I continue to work on figuring out what life is all about and on growing my ability to share my writing. May your own journey be a blessed one.

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