War Games

One game was a joy to watch

The other was a horror

A game of skill the first one

The second – why bother!

Football is a game we say

Playing for the prize

But when you want a thing too much

You fight and someone cries


The gathering of nations

The sight a joy to see

People meeting people

From sea to shining sea

Discovering humanity

In all its different ways

And sharing in the merriment

Going through each phase


But when a tackle becomes assault

And the game is do or die

A game of skill becomes a kill

The heavens we defy

For winning is not everything

And when fair turns into foul

It’s time to put the kettle on

And leave the wolves to howl


Brian Fahy

10 December 2022

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