Locking horns

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 There’s a lot going on, out on the pitch
To-ing and fro-ing
Scenting and marking
A multitude of personal battles
As they hunt the ball

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Look at this pair –
Chasing down the line
Shoulder to shoulder
Arms linked
Eventually, dead-ended into the corner, with
Thighs and butts buffeting – as if duetting on a pommel-horse

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 They reach an impassé
Neither will relent
Neither will go down
Neither will dive –
At it…
Like harrumphing rhinoceri

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 And as for the ball?
Largely forgotten


Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/locking-horns/