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By Samiya Bashir

if this is a game then we have made it, unknowing,

to the final four. unlikely underdogs. spectators turned

to suspect sport. anti-athletes. out of shape beyond reason.


at season’s height we fight for a limited audience. few dancers.

fewer cheers. down by 30 and our coach m.i.a. we, foolish, dribble.

each bounce-back brings a stranger. can’t call us for traveling because


we ain’t going nowhere. instead, we trade terrified looks. search

for the pass but no one stays open for long. even if we knew what to do

to pull this through we’ve got two other teams waiting, impatient, to take us out.

 


Samiya Bashir, “Catch” from Gospel. Copyright © 2009 by Samiya Bashir. Reprinted by permission of RedBone Press.

Source: Gospel (RedBone Press, 2009)

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Samiya Bashir
Samiya Bashir earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Formerly a communications professional focused on editorial, arts, and social justice movement building, Bashir is a founding organizer of Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization and writer’s festival for LGBT writers of African descent. Bashir is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, fellowships, and residencies, and she was a recipient of the 2011 Aquarius Press Legacy Award, given annually in recognition of women writers of color who actively provide creative opportunities for other writers. Bashir currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches creative writing at Reed College. See More By This Poet

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