Still Life With Wind

by William Heyen

The trainer found him hanging in the locker room
early morning before the game.

Statics was naked except for jock and socks,
& the belt around his neck.

At first the trainer thought he was breathing —
just shadows or something.

The coroner said he’d been dead for hours,
maybe since last year

after he missed that kick.  We still see the ball
held up against the shearwall.