Last Minute Winner

a shot smashed in goal
release of all frustrated
tribal emotions

~

CLP 11/09/2021

August vii

seasons overlap

cricket runs into football

what a load of balls

~

CLP 14/08/2021

On Absence

my head is elsewhere

new season begins today

schoolboy excitement

~

On Football

grass boot ball goal net

nations, flags, identity

complicated game

~

CLP 11/07/2021

On Dreams xi

One hundred thirty

seven years and five attempts

Youri Tielemans!

~

n.b. Better LCFC than CFC imo. Fab goal too.

~

CLP 16/05/2021

TOMORROW’S NEWS TODAY

will be much like yesterday’s

not so different from that to be

disseminated the day after tomorrow

.

World’s Biggest Rabbit still stolen

very old Greek man still awaits burial

.

Pyroclastic clouds over St Vincent

as La Soufrière fumes

.

latest football results

different combinations same names

reconfigured numbers

keep population happy with games

.

wealth to be redistributed

amongst wealthy

more bread at food-banks for needy

acts of charity headlined

prove rich are not really so greedy

.

China, Russia, USA military manoeuvres

under-stated

news must not be too scary

.

English lambing season

cute pictures abound

wobbly woolly legs and tails

bottle-fed by volunteer

shepherdess called, Mary

.

variants of Covid-19 and subsequent vaccinations

analysed at length expanded in fine detail

opinion pieces and ten top tips

how to keep fit and healthy

thoughts on how to keep strong and mentally stable

millions google for places they can spend vacation

.

Minneapolis trial progresses

horrors carried out by men with guns multiply

in each of planet’s broken-hearted nations

.

plastics still simple and cheap

flooding oceans

ice caps continue to melt

opinion is polar bears might soon have something

on which they still can float

.

tomorrow’s news is just today’s

as read and heard and seen

every story nuanced and massaged

to keep people balanced

on knife-edge of fear

nothing different from past years

.

without the news boring into our minds

without the thud and blunder

all the patronising advice

do you think we might see a bold head-line

one dawn that simply reads:

EVERYONE WORKING HARD

EVERYONE IS BEING NICE

~

CLP  13/04/2021

On Light

impressive structure

floodlights stand proud of stadium

still waiting on green

~

n.b. Television can never replace the real deal. Plan to be there or expect to be square (eyed)…whenever being there, or anywhere is allowed.

~

CLP 09/04/2021

L3 (Day 66) Wembley – Virtually

There is nothing else in your life is there, that you do or have done, that brings every emotion like football can, is there?

No. No, I know.

Nothing.

But you need your mates.

~

n.b. The wisdom of Kev.

There was a fine example of this today when every emotion from disappointment to frustration, from embarrassment to humiliation and finally anger, was felt during an abject display by Pompey broadcast from Wembley Stadium.

Well done, Salford City. The best team won.

The antidote, Pompey v Spurs FA Cup Semi-final, Wembley, 2010.

~

CLP13/03/2021

On Ballet / Football

With grace, strength, agility

running, leaping, stretching

a staged performance

coached to perform

Our instrument is our body

The ball, decisions

freedom to play

without fear

~

n.b. Quoting Carlos Acosta, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Tony Cliss, The Posh and The Alex. Football is unscripted drama, an art in itself.

~

CLP 28/02/2021

On the Aerodrome

Jet engines idle

Holiday bookings increase

Hope is an aircraft

.

n.b. Just under ten months to Boxing Day football! No need to fly anywhere to be optimistic.

.

CLP 27/02/2021