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Landmine Nightmare

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 She had a dream last night
Of bright and sunny childhood
Of running, faster and faster
With hair ribboned behind her,
Feet barely touching
Til she was up, up and flying.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 She had a dream last night
And her plastic leg was flesh
As she laughed, kicked tin cans
With her brother,
And her sister,
In the dirt of her village.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 She had a dream last night
Dipping into sparkled water
Lifting high to carry homewards
Five mile there,
And five mile back,
Walk along the usual track.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 She had a dream last night
The land belongs to no-one
Was what she said,
Not understanding
Their urge to maim
What can’t be had.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 She had a dream last night
Of playing football
Of dazzling with her foot control,
Of crowds cheering, crowds calling,
As she ran
With the ball
Outwitting tackles,
Til she scored
All sure footed
Hard, she kicked it.
Hard she kicked it home.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 She had a dream last night.

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Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/landmine-nightmare/