WC2018 Day 23 – reflection

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 From laps to lapse

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 So what happened?
What went wrong?
What was it killed our anthem
Our unifying song?

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Was it because
I watched it in a different place?
Or that you
Didn’t wear your lucky shirt?
Was it that we grew
So over-excited
That we forgot the 52 years of hurt?

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Was it that we didn’t shout loud enough?
Or that we didn’t care?
Was it because we were wearing waistcoats
That didn’t match our hair?

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Or was it just
Two lapses of concentration
From those out on the pitch?
For all our unstinting support
Was it just a case of, aberrant mental glitch?
Defenders that switched off
At vital moments?

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Tired legs and aching lungs
Depriving the brain
Of a scintilla of oxygen
That slowed the mind
And dulled reaction time
When danger beckoned?….

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 Twas not to be –
An outcome fecund.


The title?
From victory laps, to lapse in concentration.
Such fine margins.

Good luck to France and Croatia in the final on Sunday.

I doubt the 3rd / 4th play off place on Saturday will be between two B teams.

C’mon England, pick ourselves up and in the words of Stevie G:
“We go again”.

“Twenty twenty two – It’s Coming Home!”

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/wc2018-day-23-reflection/