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What If?

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 What if the ball
was ballooned,
coming off a Keane penalty
that he skied—
hitting twenty parrots?

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 and if the poor sick parrots
got hold of it,
if it took them
over the moon,
why
they’d go up higher

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 than stands
and terraces
and floodlights:
go sailing
away and away

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 into a Keane
city which nobody
wants to visit,

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 1 where always it’s Bling
and everyone’s a pundit
and clichés write themselves.

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Notes

Written when Roy Keane was still playing.
With apologies to Edward Estlin Cummings.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/what-if-4/