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Children of Albion

I

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 2 In a game
of two
halves

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 to defend or
not to
defend

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 that is the
question:
how

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 to engage every
player from
wing

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 to goal, goal
to wing
inside

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 left and inside
right so
that

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 the ball strikes
home every
time.

II

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 In a game
of two
halves

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 you play for
extra time.
Wresting

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 the ball from
the opposition
you

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 tackle the issue
head on:
the

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 midfield maestro’s exemplary
skill raises
the

13 Leave a comment on verse 13 0 pitch one notch.
Flocking through
the

14 Leave a comment on verse 14 0 turnstiles you live
the beautiful
game.

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Notes

This poem is dedicated to my father who was a lifelong supporter of West Bromwich Albion. It is written in the form of a hay(na)ku where the lines of each stanza consist of three words, two words and one word. The title is also an oblique reference to the world of poetry being the title of an influential anthology of poetry published by Penguin Books in the 1960s, edited by Michael Horovitz.

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