(Yankee Stadium -- July, 1978)
two 4s on his back
Wendell W. Ottley, III, was born and raised in Queens, New York. He is a student at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina For other uses of this name, see Raleigh.
Raleigh (IPA: /ˈrɑli/, ral-ee) is the capital of the State of North Carolina and the county seat of Wake County. , and has been a member of the Carolina African-American Writers' Collective since 1996.
caged by pinstripes
his infectious charisma
escaping in mists
they stand, stomp, salivate sal·i·vate
1. To secrete or produce saliva.
2. To produce excessive salivation in.
& chant his name
their energy absorbed
by the afro tuft tuft (tuft) a small clump or cluster; a coil.
n part of the toothbrush head, refers to the small, individual clusters of bristles that proceed from a single opening.
v. pro·trud·ed, pro·trud·ing, pro·trudes
To push or thrust outward.
To jut out; project. See Synonyms at bulge.
from his black-blue helmet
the petrified pet·ri·fy
v. pet·ri·fied, pet·ri·fy·ing, pet·ri·fies
1. To convert (wood or other organic matter) into a stony replica by petrifaction.
swallows electric air
fires the first pitch
hoping for a strike
but that ball
the waves of a South Bronx cheer
Wendell W. Ottley, III was born and raised in Queens, New York. He is a student at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has been a member of the Carolina African-American Writers' Collective since 1996.