Christmas Past and Present Again

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 It was the perfect present,
Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly Annual,
A book that took me instantly back
To a brown linoleum floor
And a hot fire cold room winter,
Studying a dog eared package
Of 5 year old football monthlies,
A clear-out from my brother’s mate, Paddy, –
Which meant that my very first football readings
Were already elusive and uncertain
Re-enactments of half-forgotten memory:
A tentative recreation of a past,
That enveloped my perfect present.


I heartily recommend The Best of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly, ed Simon Inglis.

This poem first published on |Football Poets Dec 2008.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/christmas-past-and-present-again/