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My Strange Football Dream

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 I pulled on my pyjamas.
I slipped between the sheets.
Set the alarm, put out the light,
Then promptly fell asleep.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 And as I lay there snoring,
Tucked snug inside my bed,
Some weird oneiric images
Began to fill my head:

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 A football match was in full swing.
The hour was half-past three.
And every player upon the pitch
Looked like – no kidding – me!

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 The Strikers and the Centre-Halves,
The Full-Backs and the Wingers,
The Goalies stood between the posts
For me were all dead ringers.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 All tall and thin, brown hair, brown eyes,
All clad in white and blue.
The team just then attacking goal,
The one defending too!

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 I was the hungry Target Man
A-battling hard and brave.
I was the cat-like Keeper,
Who pulled off blinding saves.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 I was the Midfield General
Dictating pace of play.
I was the dour Defender
Bent on keeping threats at bay.

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 I was the Ballboys, Linesmen,
The whistle-blowing Ref.
I was the nerve-racked Gaffer
Sitting squirming on the Bench.

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 I made a substitution.
Took off the Number Ten.
I threw a fresh player in the fray,
And it was me again!

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 The Ground was packed with chanting fans,
Crammed to capacitee.
And every one sat or stood there
Looked like – you guessed it – me!

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 By now Half-Time was drawing near,
No goals had yet been scored.
Some in the Crowd were stifling yawns,
A few seemed downright bored.

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 I’ve no idea what happened next.
Alarm clock started sounding.
I woke up bathed in beads of sweat,
Pulse racing, heart a-pounding.

13 Leave a comment on verse 13 0 So that’s the dream I had last night
As I lay in my bed.
The strangest dream I’ve ever dreamt.
I wonder what it meant?

14 Leave a comment on verse 14 0 4/1/06
Denys E. W. Jones

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Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/my-strange-football-dream/