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'

~

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

~

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

Last Chants Saloon

Here we go, here we go, here we go1
Danny’s at the wheel2
We’re here, we’re there… 3

Is this a library? 4
My garden shed is bigger than this
It’s got a door and a window
My garden shed it bigger than this 5

We forgot that you were here 6
It’s nice to know you’re here… 7
You must have come in a taxi 8

You don’t know what you’re doing 9

He fell over 10
You’re going home in a Pompey ambulance 11
It’s a miracle! It’s a miracle! 12

Is there a fire drill? 13
We can see you sneaking out 14
You’ll never make the station 15

Taxi for Carter 16
Bye-bye, bye-bye 18

Who ate all the pies? 19
You...! 20

n.b. NaPoWriMo April 2022 Day Thirty prompt: Lines from other poets. Well artistic licence applied here – feeling de-mob happy, tbh!

Sources: 1. Crewe Alexandra, Gresty Road, 2022 2. Fratton Park, 1980s 3. Various 4. Sheffield Wednesday, Hillsborough, 2022 5. Shrewsbury Town, The New Meadow, 2018 6. Plymouth Argyle, Fratton Park, 2016 7. Luton Town, Fratton Park, 2017 8. Accrington Stanley, Fratton Park, 2015 9. Cheltenham Town, Whaddon Road, 2022 10. Wycombe Wanderers, (Too many times to mention). 11. S*********n, Fratton Park, 1984 12. Most match days. 13. Tottenham Hotspurs, Wembley, 2010 14. Peterborough United, London Road, 2018 15. Brighton & Hove Albion, Fratton Park, 1976 16. Sunderland AFC, Roker Park, 1995 18. Tottenham Hotspurs, Wembley, 2010 19. S*********n, St Mary’s, 2010 20. For Graham Poll, Referee playing as the 12th man for Arsenal in his last match at Fratton Park, April 2007.

CLP 01/05/2022

Pigeons

Coops balanced
against each other
defying gravity
along the embankment
like sentry boxes
facing south
marking the entrance
to Sunderland
its beach
in April offered
a slice of
Siberia
Roker Park
the taste of bitter
defeat

~

n.b. NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Twenty-three prompt: a poem in the style of Kay Ryan. My kind of poem. I love April, when spring is vibrant, the weather cruel and football reaches its season end. This brief poem is based on a grim day out on 11th April, 1993, but hey, Sunderland stayed up that year, which was nice, for them.

23/04/2022

on love

evening under lights
immaculate pitch gleams green
passing conversation

~

n.b. Stuff yer super league.

CLP 12/04/2022

on light

lights, but nobody
home to hope, still despair wins
until the next time

~

n.b. What is going on in there? Who knows, but more importantly, who cares? The rhythm broken, habits forgotten, routines disrupted; stuff yer Premier League!

CLP 28/02/2022

on light

four floodlight pylons
sunset over Boundary Park
the gathering gloom

~

n.b. Life at the bottom of the English Football League.

CLP 06/02/2022

on time

vomitorium
expels people into street
return home to what?

~

CLP 10/02/2022