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Reggie.



(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

thousands afflicted

they stand, stomp, salivate sal·i·vate
v.
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.
tuft (toothbrush),
n part of the toothbrush head, refers to the small, individual clusters of bristles that proceed from a single opening.
 

protruding pro·trude  
v. pro·trud·ed, pro·trud·ing, pro·trudes

v.tr.
To push or thrust outward.

v.intr.
To jut out; project. See Synonyms at bulge.
 

from his black-blue helmet

he glares

the petrified pet·ri·fy  
v. pet·ri·fied, pet·ri·fy·ing, pet·ri·fies

v.tr.
1. To convert (wood or other organic matter) into a stony replica by petrifaction.

2.
 pitcher

positions fingers

swallows electric air

exhales

fires the first pitch

hoping for a strike

but that ball

still rides

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.
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Author:Ottley, Wendell W., III
Publication:African American Review
Article Type:Poem
Date:Dec 22, 1999
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