Ode to the Harlem Globetrotters

               vs. the Washington Generals

Because they always win.

Because Meadowlark Lemon.

Because for them, double dribbling
              is literal.

Because on your finger
              your knee, toes
              & elbows, the world can spin.

Because the ball
              on a string.

Because rubber bands for hands.

Because the ball a banner.

Because where else do Generals
              meet defeat without blood.

Because the best offense
              is a quick depantsing.

Because mercy, not pity.

Because the bucket
              of water tossed
              on the cries of the crowd

turns like tears to confetti.