There’s no mystery
to the ball hit to the gap in right centerfield.
So much room for error. So many
ways it could have been a hit anyway and otherwise.
It’s the tailing ball
down the line that sprays up chalk
that makes a difference.
It could so easily have been
A forgotten foul ball.
Equally forgettable, a mundane double.
But to hit it down the line and play
on the edge. Just barely in bounds.
To invest that edge with the consequence it deserves.
That’s the stuff.