“I don’t know if it’ll make a difference, but I figured it’s time for me to start playing ball.”
This is what I consider to be my best poem. It is coupled with a reflection and an image in Catapult.
And let me use this Walkabout pit stop simply to reverberate ESPN.com’s headline from late last night and say “Hell Yadier!”*. We are going to the World Series! Nothing quite like being in a hometown bar when your team books that trip.
*I’m not a big proponent of using this phrase in real life, though beyond my upbringing I am not sure why, unless it is this. I sure do like making puns using it, though, visual or otherwise.
…for a little while. Why? To go for a bit of a walkabout. For how long? Not sure. I am sure I will be tempted to post within the week, perhaps within the day, and I am fickle, so who knows. In the meantime, to fellow St. Louis bloggers and sundry others, “Blog on.” To readers, commenters and lurkers, there may be notice of a Catapult piece posted to fill in the gaps.
So, for a while, “So long. Farewell. Auf weidersehen. Goodbye. Adieu to you and you and you” (which has to be the silliest lyric ever written).
“Man, honesty’s a bitch.”
“Yeah, maybe, but I think she’s the helpful sort. You know, kind of like Lassie. She helps you get Home.”
I began publishing articles in Catapult last December, which I have thoroughly enjoyed, both writing them and dialoging about them with some of you. In the spring I achieved the goal of having my first poem published in Catapult. And now a photograph. The only thing that remains, to “hit for the cycle” so to speak, is to write a review. Stay tuned. Hopefully there will be one by year’s end. And, then, my delightfully surprising literary year will have a nice bow on it.
*Here is the link to my photo in the Death, Dying, the Dead issue.
*Here is the link to my previous submissions.
*Also, my friend Rachel has published a beautiful reflection of her grandparents role in her life:
*Finally, many of the articles in this issue are very fine, including the editorial about the recent shootings in the Amish community, “Deep, Dark Hope,” and the graffiti modification piece “Guns to Flowers.”: