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Highly excited local people
Rush in from the street
Hastily speak to the bar’s beaming owner
Quickly browse through the open papers
Happily laugh out loud and are gone.
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The news on the television
Shows the same pictures of him over and over again
So intrigued, I walk up to the counter and ask the owner
In my slurred English;
“What’s going on here, why is everyone so excited?”
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In broken English he replies; “You don’t know,
You’ve not heard the news, how long have you been here?”
“Two days” I reply
“Johann Cruyff signs for Barcelona today,” he says smiling.
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I recall Yuri Gagarin, Lev Yashin, and Puskas
As our idols from when I was young
The thrill those names gave us, aided us, pushed us
To win street games, or be number one.
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Yet that day in Calella, this hung over fella
Sorely stroking the hair of the dog
Witnessed real and total adulation, as a proud Catalan nation
Hailed the coming of Cruyff like their…God!