SuperVerse   Sports Poems from Hoosier Poets

Growing the Legend

          Barry Harris

after portrait of Larry Bird: Indiana Legend by Douglas Daniel

at the National Art Museum of Sport


Shooting five hundred
free throws every dawn
at the Springs Valley gym,
the legend grows as corn does
in furrowed rows
coaxing itself from the ground.

A yellow-tasseled
corn stalk of a man
pushes himself
through the hoosier earth
of French Lick and Terre Haute
to Boston and back.

The legend knows
somewhere someone sometime
will be shooting five hundred
and one.