The first crease
Like the first crease in the batting distance
on the cricket field, bowler to batter
or the line of a footrace to evenly curb each toe –
such is the scratch we must get back to.
Eruch said to begin by earnestly kidding yourself
that He’s in the chair until His grace opens your eyes
to the presumed Reality and it’s suddenly
kidding yourself to believe the chair is empty.
O child of God, return to that edgeless, quietunknown before the first pitch is thrown.