The Reason The Dodgers Left Town
By Lee Klein
It's humid hot,
night now, I go for a run.
I wear all black,
socks included, run faster than at noon: the track's softer at night?
Packs of Latino
kids on bikes, young girl learning to skate.
White woman doing
yoga stretches, on her stomach, arching her neck and back: a turtle out
of its shell, trying as hard as she can to ejaculate out of her ears, I
Tall white man
(not me) with pony tail and long track-star pants running too fast, twisting
his torso a little, really exerting: a professional aspirant who takes the
99% perspiration thing literally, I think.
supermodel speed-walking with second-grader brother; he says "hey,
big guy" when I pant past them, eyeing his sister.
Three miles, twelve
laps, not sure how long it takes.
Wanted to quit
on the eleventh lap, but made it to twelve.
Walking home, past
the bar, don't know anyone smoking, no one sees me sweat.
Busy street, intersection:
there's an older car, a non-descript sedan, waiting at the red light.
Eye contact is
held for three seconds; it goes like this:
fuck was that?" I think those exact words, walking on.
"Why the fuck
did I nod to the guy doing a bump at a red light, ten minutes to nine on
a Friday night?" I think.
"And why the
fuck did he return my nod, nodding to acknowledge the nod?" I think.
because I'm so freaking sweaty," I think. "And he's doing a bump."
"Or else he's
an undercover cop, trying to stay up for the night shift?" I think.
"Or he was
meant to hit me if I'd only run eleven laps and called it quits?" I
enough," I say out loud, very quietly, then make it safely home.
Where I spend the
night drinking thousands and thousands of sips of lemon-lime seltzer.
Until I burst in
a mile-high spout of carbonated purity.
Or I mean: where
I write this.
an icy cream soda while watching the Mets' late-night broadcast from Dodger