Commemoration

By Stephen Watt

This article first appeared in Issue 1 which was published in September 2016.

Legend: Noun. A historical narrative

featuring plausible but extraordinary events.

Taken: Verb. Removed from a particular place.

The respected minute’s silence.

Black armbands. Bowed heads.

Television programmes

present their prime.

Jittery film

transmits perms, nutmegs, goals,

toothless grins, celebrations, ball control –

             hearts and soul

             captured inside sixty seconds.

The best of how we remember them.

Stadium fences become memorials,

shrines of scarves, obituary editorials

by fans scribbled on card,

and flowers of all colours –

the only time some husbands, sons, fathers

have cried so hard, or invested in a bouquet.

             Women are stronger

             and know how to pray.

Statues rise.

Terraces are baptised, given names

and supporters of the beautiful game

keep them alive

with stories,     memories, 

and jerseys with retired numbers.

This article first appeared in Issue 1 which was published in September 2016.

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