A splinter from a broken bat
the Babe once swung.
The gleam on Oppie’s porkpie hat?

Clear insulators made of glass
that held the lines
Through which newspaper stories passed.
Band-Aids consigned

To Sugar Ray and Jake the Bull.
Gumball machine,
Three flavors for a dime. Still full.
Jack Ruby’s spleen.

Jared Carter's most recent book, Darkened Rooms of Summer: New and Selected Poems, is from the University of Nebraska Press. He lives in Indiana. Read other articles by Jared.