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How we found the same old fears

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 There are times, quarterly, that I decide
to come out, to watch kicking legs and
a roundness of pigskin tiptoe on grass.
I become one of the corpses made out
in white shirts and humming rallies to
rile up players to give it all they can.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 The first half was won. A betraying mass
of aubergine purple awash with white.
the grass was titled in our direction and
our rhythmic kicks were beating along with
the players pulse, but it wasn’t to be.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 The legs faltered, veering with some swearing
(the realisation that he’s not going to make it)
the metal bar shudders out its sneers, we are still.
A bloody smack resounds in our ears this way
and that, the veil drops and the opposites cheer
(for 90 minutes at a time they become this).

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 They wear contorted features of glee as
we become as flailing and reckless as rice paper
on this solemnly wet field, a sludgy mass of
agonistic chants, our charming calls reverting,
our faces paling away to tribal masks, we use
the flags painted on cheeks as war paint.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 I look back and watch skeletons playing
on that field in icy haze, rain misting up
the abandoned stands, we lost it again,
and now all we have are our white shirts
as a cold comfort. (we lost it again).

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/how-we-found-the-same-old-fears/