Genre: Sports, Life, Fantasy
Leaves and Grass by Thomas Sorrell
Pete Maravich and Oscar Robertson stand
on a moonlit basketball court in the heart
of the South Dakota Badlands – two hardwood
legends, set for some one-on-one on blacktop.
Pistol Pete, from Louisiana, nods at
his Ohio opponent, called The Big O.
He wants to say something, but a whistle blows.
Chief Sitting Bull is tonight’s referee and
he takes guff from no soul, alive or not. Both
men turn and listen to his instructions and I
take a quick trip around, looking at the crowd.
Ghosts of living and dead people line the court.
Hank Aaron’s there, 41 feet from Babe Ruth.
The two of them nod, politely. Mean Joe Greene
has a wheelbarrow full of jerseys, some his,
some not. The natives refuse to accept them,
fearing small pox or athlete’s foot or something.
John Madden, Walter Cronkite…
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