The Baseball Players

Against the bright
grass the white-knickered
players tense, seize,
and attend. A moment
ago, outfielders
and infielders adjusted
their clothing, glanced
at the sun and settled
forward, hands on knees;
the pitcher walked back
of the hill, established
his cap and returned;
the catcher twitched
a forefinger; the batter
rotated his bat
in a slow circle. But now
they pause: wary,
exact, suspended −
while
abiding moonrise
lightens the angel
of the overgrown
garden, and Walter Blake
Adams, who died at
fourteen, waits
under the footbridge.

-Donald Hall