First Love

Maggie, who spoke baseball,
who was fluent in song and dance,
had a voice that could melt a block
of ice, a grace that sent a young
boy to his place in paradise.
I need to interview you, she’d say,
on WJW radio, at an Indians’
home game, gave me a baseball
autographed by the Cleveland team.

She loved to sing Dean Martin
songs, I hear the sound of violins,
taught me to sway. I believe she
winked at me, and in a wink I
had moved miles away from my
first crooner, dance partner, the
first of many losses in baseball,
in love.  Maggie, you sang me into
                                    the world.

 
Richard Roe

Richard Roe

Richard Roe, Middleton, retired Legislative Analyst, has published three books of poems, including Bringer of Songs, and will publish a new volume in 2019, Poetry of Song, Tango, and Jazz.  His poems have appeared in Wisconsin People and Places, Rosebud, River Journal, Free Verse, and Verse Wisconsin, and several anthologies.