Lyon (III)

The bottle cap must be removed

So you cannot throw the plastic bottle

Of water

I pour my drink

At the feet of the security staff

Toss the bottle in a bin

Meanwhile, standing under trees

On the walkway to the ground

Young men imbibe

Cases of cheap beer before the game

Inside they spew smoke from flares

That fills the cavernous stadium

Halt the game

Light fireworks

Spectators high in the stands

Make paper darts

From publicity handouts

That drift toward the seats below

A car firm distributes wands

For participation in the pre-match light show

There is goal celebration music

Large cardboard buckets

Of popcorn on spectators’ knees

It is football, Jules

But not as we know it.


n.b. Jules Rimet would be turning in his grave, as would Henri Delauney. These French football administrators worked together to set up the FIFA world cup and European competitions.

Delauney was a player and then referee before turning to administration full-time. His stint at refereeing ended when a ball hit him in the face, smashing his whistle down his throat and knocking out two teeth.

At the end of last night’s match Olympic Lyonnaise had scored two goals to the one of OCG Nice.

The trams back to the city centre were very efficient.

CLP 24/11/2019