1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 The crowd face
To worship
The crossbar monoliths.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 The priests reverently place
The sacred orb
Into the caress of the net.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 As one,
Thousands raise their voices
In prayer.


Michelle Turner
Off The Shelf
October 7th 2006

I was performing a poem, at the Sheffield “Off The Shelf” /FURD (Football Unites Racism Divides) event at the Showroom tonight.

Crispin (Thomas) set we adults the same task that he’d set the children who’d attended a workshop earlier that day.

We had to imagine how an alien from outer space would percieve football, if they’d come to it cold, having never seen it before.

I visualised the alien interpreting the passion fans feel, as it being a sort of mass-religious rite.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/worship/