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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

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Notes

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/