Today showed the fragility-
dependence on ability,
your offensive futility,
and Germany’s nobility.
But, if you were to play again,
or two more times, or even ten,
who could say that these same men
would be the victors? No one can.
It’s only moments in the mirror.
Looking back they become clearer.
The next World Cup, already nearer.
Losing makes the next one dearer.
So, thank you. You were gracious hosts,
and, if loss betrays the boasts,
from northern shores to southern coasts,
the globe includes you in its toasts.