‘Survival’ by Dulwich Poet (Mishi DH RIP)

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People say if they cut me
I’d bleed Pink and Blue
I hate to disappoint
But it simply ain’t true.
I’m as ordinary as everyone else
My claret’s old fashioned red
I think it will just break my heart more
If my Football Club ends up dead.
Everything I’ve ever done
All I ever do
My beloved Dulwich Hamlet
I do it all for you.
Champion Hill’s what defines me
It’s my spiritual home
If we go out of existence
I’ll never be so alone.
Greedy property developers
Throwing their toys out the pram
One hundred & twenty five years of history
They don’t give a damn.
I’m so scared of the future
For both my Club and me
Just sell up Meadow Residential
That is my heartfelt plea.
In my 44 years of supporting
It’s been mostly seasons of hurt
But that’s no reason to treat us
Like a proverbial piece of dirt.
‘Pa’ Wilson began it all
Way back in 1893
From his little acorn
Grew the greatest oak tree.
Four times Amateur Cup winners
Best non-league ground in the land
How on earth did it come to this
From our own ground banned?
The last ten years have been special
Best crowds for fifty years
We really have built up too much
For it all to end in tears.
Exiled to our ‘enemies’
Tooting & Mitcham now our ‘home’
But I will follow us anywhere
No matter where we roam.
Like a dog is not just for Christmas
A football club’s for life
It’s just than in my case
It’s also my surrogate wife!
Last year we almost got to Wembley
Two rounds from the arch
Now we’re in intensive care
Fighting death with a rally and march.
No matter what happens
I’ve got to hide my hate
And if the worst comes to the worst
Know that I stepped up to the plate.
I don’t care what standard
Where we are or Step Five
Constantly praying to my God Edgar Kail
Please keep Dulwich Hamlet alive.



RIP Mishi Dulwich Hamlet ~ Editor Note: Dec 2019.
(Mishi posted here as Dulwich Poet, do check out his other poems,.)

This poem (one of so many) was first published here on March 12 2018 (with the notes below) about Mishi’s beloved club. We communicated loads by email. On his passing this month (December 2019) the Non League Paper afforded him a lovely full page .

Sadly, we never got to meet (but would have if Hamlet had beaten Carlisle in the FA Cup Cup Round 1 this year and gone on to play Forest Green, ) I did get to see him live on TV that night though, being interviewed prior to the match! Thev terlvising of the game disproved Mishi’s classic stencilled graffiti declaration at the ground .(The stencil echoed the revolutionary words of fellow poet/musician/hero Gil Scott Heron: “Dulwich Hamlet will not be televised” .But it was televised and the stencil proudly remains !

Such a character he will be much missed at Champion Hill. Rave on Mishi. Crispin

Mishi Poem Notes (Written in 2018)..
(My team have been evicted from our stadium, and we don’t know what the future holds. We are being shafted by a property company after their greedy plans were thrown out, due to not enough affordable housing. This blew up in November 2017, and we’re still fighting on, and this is the first poem I’ve been able to write since then, without anger, revenge & negative thoughts in it…)

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/survival-by-dulwich-poet-aka-mishi-dulwich-hamlet-rip/