1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 The Ballad of 21st October 2004

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 He stepped from the shadows, the rope in his hand,
As twilight descended to gloom,
Determined to pull off the mission as planned,
Despite all the merchants of doom.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 The walls of the prison reached up to the sky,
The sentries looked down from their posts.
The moon disappeared as dark clouds floated by
Like large and preponderous ghosts.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 The watch on his wrist seemed unbearably loud,
And he blanched at the deafening noise,
But he strode to the wall with a purpose unbowed,
As he quickly recovered his poise.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 He knew that he’d only get one single chance,
There wouldn’t be time for a second.
He grasped the rough coils and adjusted his stance,
As his moment of destiny beckoned.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Up, up flew the rope like a flickering snake,
Up, up through the chill autumn night.
The whole enterprise in that throw was at stake,
And he prayed it would turn out all right.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 But his aim, like his heart was unerring and true,
And success the reward for his hope.
Though he waited in doubt for a second or two,
Till he felt a sharp tug on the rope.

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Way up in the half-light, a figure appeared,
Silhouetted against the night sky.
And then in an instant the dark storm clouds cleared,
As the moon lit the scene from on high.

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 Down the long rope came the first blackened shape,
A second, then shortly a third,
Till all of the gang had made good their escape,
No longer in anguish interred.

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 As they sat in the van, speeding through the dark town,
Big Jamie sat cracking his joints.
“What’s that in the bag, boss?” he asked with a frown,
And Nutsy replied, “It’s three points.”

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 Next morning, the rest of the country was shocked
To read the incredible tale.
But legend will tell opportunity knocked,
And Buzzer got Shels out of jail.


Dublin City 2 Shels 3. Three goals in the last 7 minutes. The final minute saw DC equalising and Shels, through Wes Houlihan and Ger Buzzer Rowe going straight up the other end for the winner.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/jailbreak/