International Friendly

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Team of words pitching
goalwards. Options crowding bench.
Here-there . . . ball between
some talk and over
that fine line. Opposition
attack to even.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Neither quite settle
towards what could be level
after time added.
Result not yet known,
being disputed until . . .
Whistle! No points shared.


I don’t write many ‘numbers’ poems. This one should have 44 different words (excluding the title-words). 44 words – if “Here-there” is allowed as one word. From what I remember of International friendlies, eleven substitutes could be the norm, so both teams have eleven substitute words, who all get a game.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/international-friendly/