Unslaked Lime

by Todd Herges

Within the ninety degree arc
between the white perpendicular rays
the nine men minus the backstop-outside-the-rays
poise tense relax
poise tense relax
waiting for that nine-inch circumferential sphere,
that five-ounce avoirdupois sphere;
waiting to see if that batter runner
can travel ninety feet from box to bag
before the ball traverses the field from a spot just above
maybe a little in front
of that five-sided whitened slab to a player
and then to another player stretched out –
still within the ninety degrees, inside that right-side unslaked ray –
holding his glove gently, toeing his base heavily, sticking his catch firmly;
waiting for that twenty-seventh raised fist
that eighty-first home park twenty-seventh raised fist,
to learn if there will be another game, or maybe three,
and hopefully more than that.

If you would like to review the official MLB rules for the playing field, and specifically the requirement for unslaked lime, please click here.


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