Mrs. Brickman
 
 
 
First memory,
Kindergarten, Mrs. Brickman,
show-and-tell, Tommie Agee baseball card
 
Holding it up, like a medallion
kids smiling, Agee smiling,
my moment in the spotlight
 
Later caught chewing gum,
Mrs. Brickman grabs collar,
shoves me into corner
 
Facing wall, alone, trembling
hands in pockets, searching for Tommie Agee,
my friend in the baseball card
 
Mrs. Brickman grabs collar, twists,
“Is this what you’re looking for?”
holds up the card, a medallion
 
She rips it in half, again and again,
then throws the pieces at me
 
First memory, kindergarten
 
Tears and Tommie Agee
 
Mrs. Brickman

 

copyright Frank Messina, 2008

from Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry

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