9 Words (2017)

9-word poems about every Cleveland baseball game

Darren C. Demaree

Game #1

​A valley opens
& the simple joy
becomes blossom.

(W 8-5 Vs Rangers)
Game #2

​Splitting the night
into firework flashes
is enough show.

(W 4-3 Vs Rangers)
Game #3

​That ball became
a seed fermenting
in Lindor’s will.

(W 9-6 Vs Rangers)
Game #4

Sometimes slow
& steady gets you
eaten by snakes.

(L 7-3 Vs Diamondbacks)
Game #5

​Every beating
looks like a dance
until the blood.

(L 11-2 Vs Diamondbacks)
Game #6

​This was perfect,
the silencing
of our ego’s hum.

(L 3-2 Vs Diamondbacks)
Game #7

​Otherwise this man
would be a bird
taking flight.
(W 2-1 Vs White Sox)
Game #8

A breath held
like a crown
is fucking useless.

(L 2-1 Vs White Sox)
Game #9

​There’s a body
of water,
empty, waiting
for tide-creators.
(L 10-4 Vs White Sox)
Game #10

​Some roads are steam, paths
that could never cradle.
(L 7-6 Vs Tigers)
Game #11

​Busy counting losses,
a dance broke out,
music played.
(W 13-6 Vs Tigers)
Game #12

​I worry
about limp bodies
so near a lake.

(L 4-1 Vs Tigers)