“The agony was so real it was beautiful.” *
Their faces painted the picture perfect, textbook definition
Last out made, they walked, slowly, heads down,
pondered a November changed now –
on a cold day, but no colder than normal
for this ambition, started in March chill
ended in a darkened sports cathedral,
where the faithful left more dispirited
than after Sunday services with sins revealed.
“There’s no crying in baseball.” **
But, in private darkness, there was in the cars
on the way home.
* Mark Kizla, Denver Post, 10/13/09
** Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) “A League of Their Own”
© Joseph E. Arechavala 10/13/09