would choose / chews wood

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 On a glorious mid-summer’s day
when the solar-source commands us to
and even gets us to

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 instead, I watch the dogged determination
of the crinkly, wrinkly-nosed pup entitled Archie
as he gnaws animatedly on numerous sticks
a demented shredding machine, but with no baler!

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 I switch back to the Sunday paper –
ignoring the front pages, which are covered
in choice Christening snaps, of Archie’s privileged namesake;

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 no, my interest is purely in the Sports Section
(too soon for any significant Tour de France news)
so it’s the footy feature that fascinates:
Lamps set to shine again at the Bridge
Pogba stirring
disappointment of 4th place for the Lionesses
and just general transfer gossip, like….
Who will switch to whom?
Who will end up with splinters on a new bench?
Who will put in wooden performances? Perhaps at Forest?
Who will be going of their own volition?
Who will be going as a makeweight?
Who’s next, for Pep to make great?
All sizzling tittle-tattle, on a sizzling day

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 the sun continues to perform its searing miracle
the incessant rays shutter-down the eyelids….
Archie continues to chew / coo (take your pic) (sic)


Sunday 7/7/2019
Archie: son of Duke & Duchess of Sussex (aka Harry & Meghan)
Archie: Labrador pup who loves chewing sticks and footballs!

Reporting on Saturday 6/7/2019 events:
Royal Christening
Wimbledon 2019: day 6
Tour de France 2019: day 1
WWC: Women’s World Cup, 3rd/4th Play off match: Sweden beat England 2-1.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/would-choose-chews-wood/