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The Eircom League Rulebook

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Behold the book with sepia leaves,
Bound cover thick with dust of ages.
Inside, whatever one believes
Can be deciphered on its pages.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 A magic tome of laws and rules,
Of ancient wisdom, scorn and solace,
A window for myopic fools,
A window too for earnest scholars.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Ornate with gold and ruby script,
Embellished loud with gothic writing,
Vellum leaves not lightly flipped,
Each page defending and indicting.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 The student comes with hopeful heart
In search of loopholes wide and yawning,
Indexed brightly at the start,
Though laced with danger and with warning.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 And wondrous words will fill the senses
If that student opts to linger.
He’ll find the gaps in sturdy fences,
Tracing words with trembling finger.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 The Keepers of this worldly tome,
Cow’ring now, too often bitten,
Announce that they will need to comb
Its pages ‘ere it is rewritten.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 And hard-pressed scribes in dead of night
Will wrestle with those ancient pages,
And by unholy candlelight
Will seek to right the wrongs of ages.

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Notes

Once again ambiguities in the rulebook have conspired to produce a shambolic end of season

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/the-eircom-league-rulebook/