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Reverie for Tommy Lawrence

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 can’t say won’t say too hot
and the trees are flashing a silver signal:
i am a red-eyed dove
the breeze a suggestive flailing hiss
my eyes heavy with yawning
where next is there anywhere left
to save
oh forgotten legend
oh gentleman
oh flying pig
and the world doesn’t matter any
more than it always has or hasn’t
while we’re slipping not even reluctantly
into a weight of life which we call death
becoming the compost for more and more
of this scratching that we say is tomorrow
but has always been and will always be
right now

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Harry Owen
10 January 2018

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Notes

Tommy Lawrence, nicknamed The Flying Pig by his fans, was Liverpool FC’s wonderful (and supremely modest) goalkeeper in Bill Shankly’s first great LFC team in the 60s and 70s. He was, and remains, one of the legends of the club. He died in January 2018.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/reverie-for-tommy-lawrence/