Reyes Returns

In honor of National Poetry Month, I challenged myself to write a

tanka poem to accompany this photo I took of Jose Reyes.  The photo catches him just prior to the beginning of Friday Saturday night’s game–awaiting his opportunity to run out of the dugout and on to the field for his very first game back with the team since he went on the DL in May 2009.


Sinew struggling in

its unfamiliar stillness

sight of prey beckons.


flesh healed, the captive struggles

delay’s wound most torturous  


April is National Poetry Month.  To receive daily poems by e-mail throughout the month, sign up at and at Knopf Poetry.



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