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Last night, in the old house

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 10 wonderful years
in this womb of bricks and mortar called ‘home’

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Tony had been the first
(visitor)
to set foot across the threshold

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 He’d heard that I
‘played ball’

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 I had –
a patsy
to my wife’s ambition

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 A 4 bed semi in the ‘burbs
the promise of children to come

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 And now,
10 years and four chisellers later
Tony is also the last to call
and for the very same reason
that brought him a-knocking in the first place
only this time
too many knocks
have taken their toll
and so with great reluctance
I pass, but not the ball
eschew the regular lift
and close the door
(from the inside)
for the last time.

For ‘Tocky’

Injuries permitting, there’ll still be the 5-a-sides
but no longer as neighbours

Also, for :
Alan, Des, Kevin, Coyler, G.

One road, so many friends :
Good God, why are we leaving?

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/last-night-in-the-old-house/