The Lesson

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 It’s our first season back in the Top Flight,
Our learning curve’s still pretty steep.
We’re keeping our heads above water,
But sometimes said water’s too deep.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Atalanta paid visit on Sunday,
Came down on us like ton of bricks.
In the course of the ninety-odd minutes,
They taught us a few of their tricks:

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 How to string passes together.
How to conduct the high press.
How any onslaught to weather,
Soak up pressure and cope with the stress.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 How to turn on a sixpence and fire home.
How to bend a free-kick round the wall.
How to play from the back, how to counterattack,
How, in short, to play decent football.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 They came and they saw and they conquered.
From the outset we were on the ropes.
Truth be told, we must have been bonkers
To think that we had any hope.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Near the end we had hoisted the white flag.
At full-time we were wholly disarmed.
They didn’t half give us a lesson,
And it sure won’t do us any harm.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 12/2/24
Denys E. W. Jones


Sunday 11th February 2024, Genoa 1 Atalanta 4. For this one I drew inspiration from a poem by Rudyard Kipling entitled The Lesson.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/the-lesson/