I looked for Paul under the nautilus shell.
It was one of his favorite hiding places
when he felt the gods were upset with him.
My second thought was the bar
where the cocktail waitresses dressed like angels
with the false promise of falling.
That failing I tried the bushes
where the white-crowed sparrows liked to gather
and discuss bird feeder banquets.
Then I remembered it was Saturday afternoon
and a baseball game played out in the park
with bleachers brimming with uproarious little league parents.
There he was quietly stealing signs
but keeping the information to himself
instead of giving one side or the other advantage.
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