Baseball Haiku

on Elysian Fields
sun scorching across the sky
heroes roam the wall

Stickball (Brooklyn Gang), by Bruce Davidson

brownstones and spaldeens
soda pops and Dodger blue
hydrants drench the field

late summer night—
baseball rolls across the mind
hope for hit not out

race to the bag—
umpire makes the wrong call
perfection denied

7th inning stretch
take me out to the ball game
fans stand up to sing

twenty-seven down
twenty-eight a Bip double
Pedro leaves the mound

approaches the plate
hands slap and point to the sky
dust ascends to God

Flatbush to Bedstuy
Bensonhurst out to Bushwick
Dem Bums ruled the Burgh

more on photographer Bruce Davidson here.

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