2 horsecollars

I’m hot now, he said
and lined a single to
centre.
next up he tripled,
then drew a walk,
4th. at bat
he humored.
5th. at bat
he doubled.

I’m hot now, he said,
then sang in the
shower.
when he got to his
place
his woman wasn’t
there.

he went to the dresser drawer
got what he needed
went over to Mike’s and
broke the door down.
they were in bed
together.
at the last moment
he got the truth of it,
changed   his mind
put the gun into his mouth
and pulled the
trigger.

the next day they had the rookie
up from Memphis in his
spot.   the kid went 0 for 4,
suckered on the change-up
and the lower and inside.
but he was good with the women
and that’s more important than
any
.364