Coterminous: empty pitch, ardent mind

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 I watch the Tour de France highlights
with a “rouleur’s” relentless interest.
I gasp as a chain chinks
and sit appalled as a prime performer punctures…
so many junctures
and yet as the “domestique” dutifully delivers drinks
to his preternaturally gifted peers…

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 I see beyond the racing rubber tyres
the Shimano gears
and the “Maillot Jaune” (Yellow Jersey)…
as one mesmerised by the red-shirts across the Mersey
I see
in the panoramic sweep of a chopper’s encapsulated view
not so much the castellations atop a Chateau
but lying behind it, the empty space
wherein a neatly mown rectangle
with boundary lines expertly etched
and stately looking goalposts fore and aft
has me longing
for “les joueurs
to return to their craft!



Close season longing!

On watching the Tour de France last night (7/7/2022)

To Seamus Heaney’s “Wheels Within Wheels”.
I had my poem written, but in some fact checking, I happened upon Seamus’s fab poem.
And found that he had also used “preternaturally” in his.
And when I found his use of “coterminous”, and learned what it meant, I had to borrow it for my title!

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/coterminous-empty-pitch-ardent-mind/