Coleman Barks

(1937 / Chattanooga, Tennessee)

Coleman Barks Poems

1. A Smile and A Gentleness 7/24/2015
2. New Year's Day Nap 12/11/2015
3. Glad 4/15/2016
Best Poem of Coleman Barks

Glad

In the glory of the gloaming-green soccer
field her team, the Gladiators, is losing

ten to zip. She never loses interest in
the roughhouse one-on-one that comes

every half a minute. She sticks her leg
in danger and comes out the other side running.

Later a clump of opponents on the street is chant-
ing, WE WON, WE WON, WE . . . She stands up

on the convertible seat holding to the wind-
shield. WE LOST, WE LOST BIGTIME, TEN TO

NOTHING, WE LOST, WE LOST. Fist pumping
air. The other team quiet, abashed, chastened.

Good losers don't ...

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