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Poem: Winning in Their City

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Posted on November 4, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



Winning in Their City

after Elizabeth Bishop’s “One Art”

 

Tonight there’s no art

to losing in extra innings.

We’re not used to winning.

Not having to console ourselves,

heart-heavy. In the park,

 

in their city, we’re all about

coming back from losing.

Celebrating the art of one-

run winning. Raising the flag

at the start of Spring’s next season.

 

We became too used to waiting

for next season. Isn’t it too easy

to say we can win in another

century, too nice to let the other

teams do all the winning,

 

a post-game, locker room’s champagne

drinking? Toasting, saying goodbye

to a century of losing. Let’s make

it easier to watch us winning, to replay

what our boys and men have won, 

 

we’re here tonight to win. 

What Elizabeth would write we have

to say. (Right here, right now.)

It’s an art to feel the winning. To losing,

Wait until next year.

Gary Margolis, Cornwall

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