SPRING TRAINING BATTING PRACTICE / by Joseph Castorino

 

“My heart is ready, O God,

  my heart is ready”:

I hit a shooting star that

  shatters the dark night

as it swiftly sizzles over the 

   diamond and into left field.  

 

Non abbiate paura,” I hear --

  and again, “Non abbiate paura!”:

I swing and barrel a flaming missile

  that lights up the dark night

as it soars high over the wall and

  onto the berm in left-center field.

 

With great fervor, “My spirit

  rejoices in God my Savior”:

I gently lay down a regal bunt

  that's as humble as a flickering

little candle in the dark night --

  and now I am ready to love.