By Susan G. Duncan
I have a photo of you:
holding a baseball bat
twice your height,
heavier than you can lift.
So the business end rests in the grass
and your pup Paddie
takes hold with his tiny teeth.
You look left
past the photo’s frame
but the camera caught it,
so tall in your smallness.
And I’ll confide:
you were already the man we’ll come to know
standing when the rest of us fell
shouldering more than you should
swinging for the fences.
Susan G. Duncan is presently a consultant with a performing and visual arts clientele, capping a long career in arts administration. She served as executive director for San Francisco’s musical comedy phenomenon Beach Blanket Babylon, the al fresco California Shakespeare Theater, and the Grammy-winning, all-male vocal ensemble Chanticleer. Her work has appeared in Atlanta Review, Blast Furnace, Compass Rose, the G.W. Review, The MacGuffin, OmniArts, Poem, River Oak Review, and Thema, among others.