Football Promising

I felt fulfilled on a football field

Natural element

Was a talker too


Didn’t need permission

Or telling what to do

Or not to do

Played the game

Passed and scored a few


But life was a different matter

Once I’d gone away

Natural spirit snuffed right out of me

Formed for formal priesthood

Regulated life

Keep the rule

The rule keeps you

What a load of tripe


A long walk to freedom was my road

Forty years in religion

Was my load

Recruiting baby priests

Compulsory celibacy

Red card every time

Soon may it cease


Brian Fahy

11 October 2021


+ ‘Football promising’ was a comment on my first every school report card.

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