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How long, ref?

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Hot tarmac black as Stout
Bubbling in an old drum

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Heady aroma of burnt liquorice,
Dark coffee & cake

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Every smooth drive a goalkick further
From the fresh green pitches of youth.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Uncomfortable uncle-dancing in a suit under flashing lights
With a pint in each hand at a wedding

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 The curled corners of corned beef sandwiches
Cut into triangles at Christenings

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 The sober, sombre black of funerals, sensible as referees,
Pain numbed less each time the head is hung

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Three shrill blasts on a final whistle
Then enveloped by pine in soil or fire.

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 We count the years in seasons.

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Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/how-long-ref/