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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!

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Notes

Close season longing!

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

Nod:
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/