on time

Saturday again
always the same, but different
FA Cup weekend

~

n.b. You know what I’m talking about? It’s a special day to start off the new year.

Festivities behind us, time to get serious.

CLP 07/01/2023

on time

cricket in Sydney
while we are getting ready
football in Pompey

~

CLP 01/01/2023

on time

we scraped snow off lines
kicked the ball through heavy flakes
played as if still kids

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n.b. Such fun to be able to run and slide about chasing a football for an hour, even when the air temperature is less than zero.

CLP 15/12/2022

on Iran

ball bounces around
all eyes on the football match
we hear your silence

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n.b. Footballers refuse to sing the anthem of the theocracy. A banner in the stadium, ‘WOMEN LIFE FREEDOM‘.

CLP 21/11/2022

on time

you'd think it's Sunday
traffic absent, birdsong clear
Ingerland kick off

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n.b. I was rudely interrupted by the heavy fall of silence. An international football game was about to start, so nearly everything else stopped.

CLP 21/11/2022

on time

evening out in town
better than television
even when we lose

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n.b. It’s not possible to have a good time all the time, but one can have fun trying,

CLP 18/10/2022

on time

the congregation
depart bathed in victory
everyone happy

n.b. Not so great for the visiting opposition, admittedly.

CLP 17/07/2022

on time

on outward journey
wonder of discovery
trepidatious

return passes fast
dull familiarity
slow recovery

always more baggage
souvenirs, memories
accumulation

one-way ticket, thanks

~

CLP 08/08/2022

on Ukraine

football match is played
so you've been relegated
'now, in other news'

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n.b. I do understand that we need variety in our diet of news, but come on media people, try to keep some perspective. Women from England win tournament, versus women in Ukraine have their children murdered and mutilated; no contest, surely?

CLP 01/08/2022

on time

I used to play too
when panelled footballs had laces
goal nets luxury

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n.b. Today I made this clay model of a football I was given one Christmas. It was orange, as this will be painted, when dry. Something for my grandson?

CLP 20/7/2022