by | Apr 20, 2016 | Poetry

Pat Hughes has served as the radio broadcaster
of the Chicago Cubs for nearly 20 years.

I’m falling asleep to your voice today.
It’s 80 degrees in Mesa and blue
skies color your radio play
as wind whips my picture window.

The camelback couch creaks when I lift
my head to listen to a play: Soler
throws out a runner at third—you say,
“Fewer outfielders can do that today.”

I lie back into the crackling AM sway.
When I wake we’ve lost and into the news
you’ve gone for the day.


Photo of Pat Hughes by Stephen Green

About The Author


Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence, a full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications (2015). She is also the author of four chapbooks of poetry and lyric essays, including Sight Lines (Speaking of Marvels Press, 2016), Heart Radicals (ELJ Editions, 2016), A Detail in the Landscape (Eating Dog Press, 2014), and The Canopy (MWC Press, 2012). Sandra’s poetry appears widely in Poet Lore, Blackbird, Subtropics, Ecotone, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. Her essays can be found at The Rumpus, Words Without Borders, Mid-American Review, Barrelhouse, and other venues. Sandy earned an MFA in Creative Writing—Poetry from George Mason University and lives in the Chicagoland area.