Poetry of Kansas

Chastity Champion

You are looking for something
to do while your husband
is out of town with the team.
He is a pitcher hoping to make it
beyond Wichita, past Rochester,
but now you are both
getting ready for the winter
season in Venezuela. But are you ready
for the heartache
already in your eyes?
Chastity, you are selling beer
at this double-A stadium
on a hot summer night. You
are smart and know
the dangers of the game.
You are also pretty
with blond hair ready
to catch even the lightest
breeze. The green field behind you
is a beautiful background
for your hopes and the scattered
lightning strikes
much closer than they seem.

__Michael Poage
© 2001

god won't overlook us
a book of poems by
Michael Poage
(Lawrence: Penthe Publishing. 2001)
Used by permission
October 9, 2001 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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