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Weeds are not supposed to grow
but by degrees
some achieve a flower, although
no one sees.

From the September Issue


The Sportscaster

for Bill

His commentary lacks the resonance
that more mature sportscasters can project,
but he knows all the stats, and has a sense
of how timing and drama intersect.
His observations are precise and clear,
if sometimes less than true: he leaves out how
the runner steals third oak, or has to veer
around a sagging sugar maple bough.
A hit to “right field” really lands next door;
the pitcher waves off cats, not catchers’ signs;
and games are called because of lunch. The score
reports no siblings, so he redefines
team spirit: makes the plays, and calls them, too,
all by himself – and wins by making do.


Jean L. Kreiling is the author of the recently published collection, The Truth in Dissonance (Kelsay Books, 2014). Her work has appeared widely in print and online journals, including American Arts Quarterly, Angle, The Evansville Review, Measure, and Mezzo Cammin, and in several anthologies. Kreiling is a past winner of the String Poet Prize and the Able Muse Write Prize, and she has been a finalist for the Frost Farm Prize, the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, and the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award.