Rooting for the Underdog at the Orphanage Poetry Slam
Better to drum for the moon by day
Than curse the home you can never have.
There is no wisdom without a child in the house,
The angry poet long dead wrote.
Who shall tire of the moon ever
Refined by daylight’s odd and broken song?
I love this young woman’s reach and welcome
Pulse, the very “come-hither” of a hat-check girl.
There is no single elegance like her’s, no holy
Chant, no rhyme, no slam, no home away from home.
By God, I am no Dad, but how I cheer her
On and steal this lonely part of her that sings.
Larry Moffi is the author of three collections of poems and three non-fiction books on baseball. He is co-founder and publisher of Settlement House Books.<!--[if gte mso 9]>