Herstel’s

…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.

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