Etcetera 5.

Right now New York City is a hockey town and the pigeons are waiting for tennis.

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Three dollars at the deli will get you a six pack of Sky Bounce ping pong balls.

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You’ll find an old football encyclopedia in the racks on 73rd and Broadway.

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A certain New York Knickerbocker will not disclose his favorite hamburger restaurant.

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Sunday mornings are for paddleball in the schoolyard.

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Here at the flea market there is a glass pitcher with tennis cartoons all over it.

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Those who play badminton on the Central Park bowling green take a noble risk.

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Over in Riverside a fellow in a speedo does a handstand on schist.

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On the deck of a houseboat at the 79th Street basin a boy tosses a volleyball into the Hudson.

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Who is she, standing on the corner of 54th and 8th with three hula hoops hanging from her arm?

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In Penn Station a tuxedoed grouch practices his golf swing.

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The dirt bikers of Park Avenue blow plastic whistles.

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On Monday morning the retired nephrologist puts on a fresh white headband and cuts across Madison Square.

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All day we watch the cricket.

 

 

 

 

Written By

Joshua Baldwin is an editor at Eephus. He is the author of The Wilshire Sun, a novella. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, n+1, The Brooklyn Rail, Chicago Review, Prelude, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles. Reach him at josh@eephusmag.com.

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