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An 'old matador' returns for another season 1996

An 'old matador' returns for another season 1996
By Zyskandar A. Jaimot on 09/23/2007
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An 'old matador' returns for another season 1996

In from the bullpen
Fernando Valenzuela
black hair slick
as he anticipates
hungry exertions of love
regally walks the paseo
as the crowds roar in approval
remembering once great moments
Sacrificial bloodied hitters
looking stunned
after having their being sliced
by his wicked left—handed “scroogie”
As he taunted them
Hiding his art
behind an expressionless face
which served as a curtain
never allowing outsiders
a glimpse of the agony
where for every hit
a pitcher is gored
by sharp invisible horns
A single nicking his thigh
A double stabbing his side
A triple gouging deep in his groin
A home—run piercing his heart
And they still snort and lunge after him
Enraged like wild things
at how easy he made
it all seem
How it used to be
Desperate final swings
turning their tormented faces
deep red as raw liver
on a plate
before a mound manicured carefully
as a sandy ring for slaughter
But now the young bulls
experience no bursts of panic
as they batter around
A matador
who has lost his youth
along with his stylish slider.

© By Zyskandar A. Jaimot On 9/23/2007 10:26:54 AM
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