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In the presence of greatness

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 you’d swear
he’s looking for a square
in the back of the netting

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 so precise
is his finishing
in any verdant setting

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 ~ ~ # ~ ~

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Good Lord

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 no fancy celebrations
no beating on the chest
no shifting of the shirt
no kissing of the crest

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 just a deferential nod
to the one above
who I’m sure returns the affections, with…
“just keeping the seat warm, my son, just keeping it warm”

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 ~ ~ # ~ ~

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Chasing shadows

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 the ball is there
and then it isn’t
it’s in view
but out of sight
these mighty men
with postures slight
with a wim
they take flight
then deft of touch
the ball transfers
twixt the intrepid
the mercurial
Xavi, Iniesta,
Dani, Pedro,
Fabregas, Villa
and then… Messi…
purr

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 ~ ~ # ~ ~

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 Where?

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 they say
it’s tied to his laces
certainly
there’s never traces
of leather
to knick
for the opposition
never get a kick

13 Leave a comment on verse 13 0 ~ ~ # ~ ~

14 Leave a comment on verse 14 0 Smooth delivery

15 Leave a comment on verse 15 0 he strokes the ball
caresses it, dotes on it
like a mother with her newborn
he never loses it
chooses
when to deliver
and to gently nestle it
in the back of the net

Wednesday 7th March 2012
Barcelona beat Bayern Leverkusen 7-1 in the second leg of the Champions League.

Lionel Messi became the first player ever to score 5 goals in a Champions League match.

5 goals. 5 poems.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/in-the-presence-of-greatness/