…Hear the bottle-tops’ metallic burp
seconds before fizz collides with tabasco
on an old man’s tongue. No neighborhood gossip,
only the game in black-and-white from a beery corner,
the bat’s crack outdone by shells splitting,
piled high as Grandma’s worries.
–Excerpt from “Herstel’s” in Jumping Off the Train by Donna Pucciani (Blue Forge Press , Washington 2007). First published in Freshwater.