Foul Down the Right Field Line



God shells peanuts
in the cheap seats
along the first base side
taking names
of those who chose to chase down
to covet
the sliced-foul
instead of making way
for the child
to find it first
to hold it close
to discover what it’s like
to create a memory


Alan Harris is a hospice volunteer who helps patients write memoirs, letters, and poetry. Harris is the recipient of the 2014 John Clare Poetry Prize as well as the 2015 Tompkins Poetry Award from Wayne State University. Harris is a two-time Pushcart nominee and was selected as The Sparrow Hospice Volunteer of the Year in 2016 for his work with hospice patients who wanted to leave something of their literary selves behind.

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