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