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The Catch

Forget
the long, smouldering
afternoon. It is
 
this moment
when the ball scoots
off the edge
 
of the bat; upwards,
backwards, falling
seemingly
 
beyond him
yet he reaches
and picks it
 
out
of its loop
like
 
 
an apple
from a branch,
the first of the season.
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