remember when Tuan
scored that goal against the neighbors
and then pumped his fist and
slid across the lawn,
how the grass stained
feline on the prowl. Nip's 5 a.m. shuffle.
rooster at sunrise, ears
cocked back, springing forward. and now
that two-pronged tear just inches
above the hem of your pant leg.
when coming home with mom and dad
from Sunday lunch at grandpa's – okra in spit soup
with rice – little brother napped, his cheek
pressed against my shoulder, drool
thickening the knit, darkening the faded green
of my right sleeve.
Four deer practiced leaping over your fences.
– Elizabeth Bishop
1. Find the radius
of Xavi's positive
2. Puyol on the corner:
Describe the body’s shape. Is it favorable
3. First the irretrievable, then
Iniesta’s stroke to release Messi
gleaming into the English Channel:
Was it pragmatism or panache.
Is it something you can kill.
4. Xavi, Messi and Iniesta and two defenders, all in a canoe.
Iniesta alone in the canoe.
Narrate the passes.