17 June 2014


Thinking you’re safe from it is a pipe-dream
they’re everywhere as jongleurs screaming 
goal for a mandatory minute at 90 dB, even 
when its so passé you can’t see the sense - 
but hey, this is South America you’ll say, as 
if it defends or explains anything, and does 
passionately in an inimitable way, filling the 
stadiums with its echoes reverberating 

But it’s just FIFA again preening in its four-
yearly thing where without exception prima 
grandstanding’s mandatory behaviour, & in 
full view of TV naturally, but luckily you see 
excellent soccer, that is to say ‘association 
football’ - which they play in between 

© 17 June 2014, I. D. Carswell