The delicate language of sports

The action occasions silence and

periodic utterance, your analysis topping

that of the experts.

As always there is theory to consider,

one’s own team

and injury,

Saturday’s opponent,

the coach’s strategy…

All of this really is

about this,

though hearts step up to speak it.


For Kevin Cooley

And for Pieter

Of weeds and wheat and smoke and fire

The Gronk has a punctured lung


the paper says

and you can still see the hit

the one-two

and still feel how

you were glad for it

after what he did to us

two years ago

catching that pass.

What Christ thinks of football I don’t want to know,

but I can see his eye

and hear his breath,

and I’d best be off

before I think some more.