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In dreams with eyes open Bruce measures Wenger's


sinuous claws. On match day Steve makes the crowd


an incantation revealing hunger


of fires camouflaged. Arsene spots the shroud


that uncovers the tiger's eye taming


Arsenal's anxious beauty. Fans ride this


tiger with pride, players glide, unresting,


the referee disallows offside, bliss


for the gunners. Half time ruminations


in living rooms, streets rationed, empty of


people. A manager with precision


alters formation. This tiger is tough


but will not drink from a silver cup-only


from history's waterfall washing over Hull city.

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Nice one Barry. 2014 was an exceptional year for the Tigers. They are struggling to maintain good enough form to keep them in the Premier League at the moment though.... Hope the axe doesn't fall on Steve Bruce after all his hard work and commitment in keeping City up with the 'big boys'. No sentiment in business however.... so they say. G . :biggrin:

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Barry, I think this is one of your best. I don't follow sports, but I can feel this, not just the match itself, but the excitement of game day:

 

 

 

... Half time ruminations

in living rooms, streets rationed, empty of
people. A manager with precision
alters formation. This tiger is tough
but will not drink from a silver cup-only

from history's waterfall washing over Hull city.

 

 

 

Perfect. Lovely, even.

 

Tony

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  • 2 weeks later...

No much of a sports fan either (But a huge fan of movies who central theme is sports --- modern-day myths, possibly) except it was fun to go shopping during the Superbowl to empty stores. I agree with Tony completely, the poet's perspective on a shared ecstatic experience is delightfully done. The explicit mythologizing of the event reveals the implicit group mind, beautifully.

 

Well Done!

 

Juris

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Frank E Gibbard

Good to see a domestic topic for non Brits be read & appreciated; very good old son Frank

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