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Passing Through

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 I looked to the streets, the bars, the Bingo halls;
the Legion, the betting shop, the fields
of Anfield Road.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 I listened for a solitary voice
whispering my name
in the massed throng of the Spion Kop.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 I felt the spirit of Shankly passing through me,
and the man I became beheld the boy I was
with the man who was my father,

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 whose life and death I saw as a flag embroidered
with his dreams: a huge tapestry of hopes, passed
from hand to hand among his family and his friends.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 I recalled his final breath misting a silver mirror;
a final exhalation. I sensed a parting of the clouds,
divined a shifting in the stars.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Then, as daylight faded, I heard from the river
a murmur of one man talking
and many more laughing,

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 and I felt the spirit of my father
passing through me.

Editor Note: This is the edited and newly entitled version of Eddie’s moving tribute poem which appeared earlier this week.

Eddie is a prolific and well published writer and poet, and is based up in the wilds of Aberdeenshire.

He has also just created and forwarded us a great poster poem of this lovely homage to his dad and Shanks. It will appear shortly on our Facebook page also.

Lots of you (of the 342 out there currently ‘Liking’ our page) already message, read and comment on the Football Poets on Facebook page www.facebook.com/FootbalPoets, So do stay tuned and feel free to contribute that go with your poems .Many of you already already do.

Each week we choose our own or add your submitted images to Poems of The Week . They can be your own phone photos taken at matches at any level…..or maybe nostalgic or wacky images and these will often appear with the best Poems of the Week.

Re copyright issues, we do like to try to credit photographers though (where known ),especially if taken from leading magazines, newspapers, club websites etc

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/passing-through/