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A Ticket for the Match

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 My Boss sent me an e-mail,
I haven’t answered yet.
I’m sure it was important,
As important as they get.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 My Boss will not be happy,
He’ll foam, and fume, and glower.
But I’ve a ticket for the match
That kicks off in an hour.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 “You ought to do some shopping.”
Calls out my irate wife.
“There’s nothing left for us to eat,
No bread, no cheese, no rice.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 We need some fruit, we need some veg,
Some eggs, some milk, some flour.”
But I’ve a ticket for the match
That kicks off in an hour.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 I glance at the newspaper,
It’s full of tales of woe:
War in Iraq, rapes, knife-attacks,
Share prices sinking low.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 I know I should protest and do
Whatever’s in my power.
But I’ve a ticket for the match
That kicks off in an hour.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 I’m out the house and in the street,
I’m rushing to the Ground.
My pulse-rate’s shifted up a gear,
My heart’s begun to pound.

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Looks like a storm’s about to break,
O’erhead thick, dark clouds lower.
Still, I’ve a ticket for the match
That kicks off in an hour.

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 A streetwalker waylays me,
And gives me the glad eye.
Says: “Come up to my boudoir, pal,
I’ll show you a good time.”

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 The prospect’s quite inviting,
She’s pretty as a flower.
But I’d much rather see the match
That kicks off in an hour.

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 At last I’m at the Stadium,
I’m all set to go in.
The Steward checks my ticket,
Then informs me with a grin:

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 “I’m sorry, mate, you’re somewhat late,
Perhaps your watch is slow.
This match you bought a ticket for
Kicked off an hour ago…”

13 Leave a comment on verse 13 0 16/8/06
Denys E. W. Jones

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Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/a-ticket-for-the-match/