The Likes of Moonlight Graham

A row of silent
baseball cards
placed face up
looked at the ceiling
from a table
where they were sorted
alphabetically.

It was a special collection
of baseball players
with only one stat-line
in the baseball encyclopedia.

Unknown to most people—
even those who study
baseball history.
Some with only one
plate appearance.
Others with less than
an inning pitched.

They all made
the Majors

—briefly—

so it was impossible
to consider them
losers or failures
or unaccomplished.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney

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