Poem: Watching the Young Dead Play (For Darrell Porter)

Darrell

When you bounded into Sutter’s arms,
It now seems the very instant of an ascension
Of a man who brushed his burst fingers against the endurable
Only when he was ashamed.

You can do this, we know, this hitting, catching, running.
But it’s the after — the plenteous and undetailed after,
The quiet after
That you’ll always belong to.

If you could only see us seeing you, urging you
On before the hot lights and champagne,
Your words as simple as you could never hope to be.
Your words, like your swing, quavering on the hinges of a pinfold.

Come back to this game and be cloaked again,
You and that lunging, halting, hoping swing —
That motel Gideon’s Bible of a swing.
Just be anything but Sugar Creek dead.

See us. See us with
Each lens less a lens than a deep-water amphitheater
That harbored a sunken eye,
That conspired to let no one quite know

What it all looked like to Darrell Ray.




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Handsome Dayn Perry can be found making love to the reader at CBSSports.com's Eye on Baseball. He is available for all your Twitter needs.


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dp
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3 years 3 months ago

This is beautiful.

Bradley Woodrum
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3 years 3 months ago

This is great work, Dayn.

It actually makes me concerned for you. Is everything alright? More specifically: Is this a secret message? Has Carson taken you to an unknown location?

Please post a heart-wrenching haiku if something is wrong, a picture of Matt Cain surrounded by mats and cains if everything is okay.

Byrne
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Byrne
3 years 3 months ago

yes but how many Confederate are dead?

nets
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nets
3 years 3 months ago

QQ To die from excited delirium. Between Kansas City and Independence. Thank you for this fine memorial to the bespectacled catcher.

MidwestIsTheBest
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MidwestIsTheBest
3 years 3 months ago

The first time I ever read something by Dayn Perry, it was in (I think) a Fox Sports website write-up that mentioned his fantasy team name “Babies with Rabies.”

Many miles between that sort of thing (which I love for different reasons, as it turns out) and this.

Very, very fine work.

marshall edwards
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marshall edwards
3 years 3 months ago

terrific. i recall porter’s death and wondered.

Phil S. Stein
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Phil S. Stein
3 years 3 months ago

You made me enjoy poetry, you bastard.

jcxy
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jcxy
3 years 3 months ago

brilliant name, sir. well played.

Failedstate
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Failedstate
3 years 3 months ago

I like this and if I wasn’t too busy engaging in a sinful embrace with the internet, I would tweet about it.

Nevin
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Nevin
3 years 3 months ago

Lovely.

Dave Cornutt
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Dave Cornutt
3 years 3 months ago

I remember watching Porter in spring training games when he was with the Rangers. That rubber warm-up bat that he used stuck in my mind. It’s still weird to think that he’s gone.

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