Remember & Feel It: Poetry by John Valentine

“The Sweet Spot”

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Remember how you used to catch

a fastball right in the sweet

 

spot. That pure, whip-crack sound

going home. Or maybe those

 

small birds swept in the eye of a

hurricane, riding sunshine and

 

stillness in the carnage. Right place,

right time. The absolute focal

 

point, like nirvana, a first kiss, even

that sudden right cross that

 

puts an end to the boxers’

discussion. Decisive, the

 

unexpected silence. And yours?

What will it finally be? Perhaps

 

an old friend in early spring as he

settles your ashes in azaleas

 

and phlox, the soft wind, the

sweet spot of the dead.


John lives in Savannah, GA, and has had poetry publications in The Sewanee Review, Southern Poetry Review, and The Midwest Quarterly, among others.

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