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Euros 2020

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 So close to Euro victory over England
So here we are on the
Verge of something, indefinable
Inexplicable, mysterious and elusive
The coin we were searching for in
Dusty attics of yesterday
But oh not this time, it’s only football
Again, it’s always been that way
Resignation to our fate, the doomed
Scenario of gallantry, runner up
Or nowhere in particular
Humiliated in front of so many folks
Like us, cowering away in the corner
Hiding from the inevitable
But hold on England are in the quarter finals
They could or may have to wait their time
To be ordained European champions
Because the scenario is so painfully familiar
If only it had rained for two hours before or one
It would have made such a significant difference
Before the match against you know who
The Germans. Oh it had to be them
But hey didn’t we see them in our rear view
Mirror before or maybe it was a figment of
Our imagination.
In defeat against the Germans in the dim and distant past
We accepted they were better but could hardly bear to
Mention them in the same breath because it was just
Repetitive, insistent, like the hammering and drilling
Our neighbours used to make but then kindly stopped
This time it wasn’t mechanical or structured
Or just England throwing in the towel of surrender
Because we’d been to Iceland five years ago
They’d run out of chocolate ice cream
So we went next door
And hoped it would never happen again.
This time finally we’d got it right for once
Football lent a helping hand
When viruses were in full spate
That musical band that echoed around
Wembley’s portals and corridors
We’d given Europe our Citizen Kane,
Maguire of this noble manor, when
Sterling was worth its weight
in gold, purity of motion and emotion
The currency of today and tomorrow
And eternally, the sprinkling of Rice
On this auspicious day, an emperor
Over all, then Phillips and Saka
Broke the mould
Class is permanent
Forever England in the warmest fold.

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Notes

A gentle and amusing retrospective on Euro 2020.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/euros-2020/