Tonight, no stars, just miles turning
to light years before our eyes: You, on the mound
gesturing home, who cock your head
and flash that crooked grin. Then,
bizarre news: small dogs thrown from speeding cars;
flag-less moons; rhinoceros bones
that come unglued
from dinosaur lies; and
still, devotees, here we are, in our own conspiracy,
caps on tight, hot dog night,
feigning happiness in the bleeder seats.
We know the frivolity of throwing up a glove.
The hollowness of a bad call.
The vanity of trying to run.
Jane Ann Devol Fuller is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She co-authored a book of poems and prints, Revenants: A Story of Many Lives (2000), with Deni Naffziger, which was awarded a Special Projects Grant by the Ohio Arts Council. She co-edited Riverwind Literary Magazine for several years, and teaches at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Shenandoah, Denver Quarterly, Pikeville Review, Aethlon:Journal of Sports Literature, Kaimana Journal, Steinbeck Now and others. Currently helping edit StockPort Flats’ Confluence Series, she is working on completing a manuscript tentatively titled The Torturer’s Horse. Jane Ann lives in rural southeastern Ohio in the Hocking Hills.