Rays Fans

Every April we fall in love
with twenty-five men

knowing they will break
our hearts.

We whisper their true names
in late night stat sessions.

Carry talismans embossed
with team symbols.

Each win fine wine.

Only we fans, tempered
by years of losses,

low payrolls, miracle pennants,
fully understand

These men we watch
and worship.

These possessors
of our dreams.

 

“Rays Fans” can be found in Peter M. Gordon’s newest collection of poems Let’s Play Two: Poems About Baseball.

 

About the Poet:
Peter M. Gordon’s poems have appeared in magazines, anthologies and websites, including Slipstream, Journal of Florida Literature, 34th Parallel, Cultural Weekly, and the Sandhill Review. He recently released a chapbook, “Let’s Play Two: Poems about Baseball.” His first collection, Two Car Garage, was published by CHB Media. Peter’s a freelance journalist and sportswriter whose work appeared in over one dozen books and publications ranging from The New York Daily News to the West Orange Times-Observer. Peter lives in Orlando, Florida and teaches in Full Sail University’s Film Production MFA program. Let’s Play Two can be purchased at Amazon.

 

Photo by Kelsey Ann Vere.

 

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