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Poem for Tuesday, Final Four, Riverbend Park

Makin' Jump Shots
By Michael S. Harper

He waltzes into the lane
’cross the free-throw line,
fakes a drive, pivots,
floats from the asphalt turf
in an arc of black light,
and sinks two into the chains.

One on one he fakes
down the main, passes
into the free lane
and hits the chains.

A sniff in the fallen air —
he stuffs it through the chains
riding high:
"traveling" someone calls —
and he laughs, stepping
to a silent beat, gliding
as he sinks two into the chains.


Quickie because CBS is only now getting to "One Shining Moment" after the overtime UVA-Texas Tech basketball championship. I had a nice morning and early afternoon doing chores and walking in the park in summer weather, only to realize on the ride home that the van air conditioning wasn't working properly. Because we'd received a recall notice about something related to the spare tire anyway, we were able to make an appointment to drop it off at the dealer so they can fix everything tomorrow, but it means I won't be able to go anywhere till late afternoon at the earliest. Since the game didn't start till 9, we watched Legends of Tomorrow (the Honest Nixon episode, hahaha) after our Virginia peanut soup and cheese, then we watched the game, which at least Virginia won. From that state yesterday, Riverbend Park:








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