NEW COP / He is waxed and poUshed, as streamlined from crewcut to steel toes as this new cruiser my taxes bought him. If he's Before, then Tm After, creased and spindled in aU the wrong places, what he could become, though I doubt he can imagine letting his shirttail hang out Uke this to indicate it's one of his better days, or growing a white beard until it turns flyaway and his wife-cut hair freaks whitely from an Orioles cap as if at the first tingle from Old Sparky. Should I excuse myself by teUing him how I have to exercise this left hip joint, or say I've been jogging and walking this road right here for a third of a century, so have a claim on it? Who is this kid, anyway? Nobody I've ever seen in this town of 1,500. It's suddenly damp and foggy, out of that marsh down there. and Tm feeling muskrat shaggy and a Uttle bagged off, Uke I just crawled Are you a Baltimore fan? he asks. No, I'm an oriole fan, I say, the wrong answer because I can see it's scrambling his gestalt. The Missouri Review · 181
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 2002
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