For Maggie – A Fair Deal

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Women just see twenty-two muddy kits to wash
Sweaty men in baggy shorts
Disrespect and dirty tackles
On a pitch where no manners are taught

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Women see a round ball
Of little consequence
Men see an entire world
Importance is immense

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 Women hear noise
Two tribes shouting abuse
Boos, jeers and whistles
Only World War can effect a truce

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Men just see the euphoria
The glory – a winning goal
It’s the only time they hug their mates
Without feeling embarrassment

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 That overwhelming joy
When 25,000 other people are shouting and cheering
With your voice
Dreaming your dreams
Sharing your fears
Football fans are not strangers

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 We are not individuals
We are a crowd of one
Emotions so strong
So loud, so real
Then we all go home

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 And those ninety minutes
Keep us sane
And send us mad



This poem is for Maggie Magpie and all other women who are baffled by their mans need to watch football, seemingly placing it above all else…The chap who sits behind us had a dilemma – a home game clashed with his wife’s admittance for a hip replacement. He wanted to see the game, his wife wanted him with her at the hospital. I am pleased to report that his seat was empty on Tuesday so hopefully the operation went ahead.
Wishing you a good recovery Maggie. And I hope that Mr Magpie will be rewarded by seeing Norwich beat the Smoggies tomorrow.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/for-maggie-a-fair-deal/