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Wednesday, 20 April 2011


Brilliant as ever
away in midfield,
but frozen when
six yards from goal.

In writers' terms
they're suffering from
a form of strikers' block.

This is my contribution for today to Writers Island's NATIONAL POETRY's Free Writing Month.


Anonymous said...

I feel for him!

Andy Sewina said...

Clever imagery!

If you're talking Premiership footballers, I bet they won't have much trouble writing cheques.

Anonymous said...

Excellent pun!

Shadow said...

very clever!!!

Isabel Doyle said...

a misery whichever way you look at it

Stan Ski said...

Lucky we had Yaya Toure playing for us then!
Couldn't think of anything else to write...:)
It can happen!

Elisabeth said...

I'm not much into sporting language, Dave, but I like the idea of 'striker's block'

Pearl said...

My team, the Minnesota Twins, seems to be suffering from "batters' block". Wonder what the cure is for that?


Gloria said...

A clever piece!

Jinksy said...

Even a non sprty type like me gets the humour in this one! :)

The Weaver of Grass said...

Must have been what happened to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday at Wembley. We have a Bolton supporter for a friend and nobody dares to mention it yet!

flaubert said...

Clever poem, Dave, though I am no sport fan, I get the gist:)


Tommaso Gervasutti said...

Absolutely fantastic Dave. A block and shock of a poem of the kind that makes laugh and roar with a tiger's insight. And with a deep metaphor that can expand forever. Or make one suspend one's breath forever.

Louise said...

Strikers block is real, look at Torres sitting on the bench! Maybe you could do some 'How to get over Strikers Block' words for those in need. This could be the next big thing!

Anonymous said...

Dave, I have no idea what a "striker" is (is that Cricket?), but this poem made me laugh anyway. Funny, you're so good - even when one doesn't get the pun, the smile still comes...! Amy

Dave King said...

You have to, don't you?

I was taling premiership, and I agre: they will not have much trouble!


Thanks for the comment.

Which is what turns it into a vicious circle, I suppose.

It can and it does!

Yes, I thought it made the idea of writers' block just a little less unique.

Now that's a new one on me. You'll need to ask a sports psychologist.

Many thanks.

Non sporty? Who be you kidding?

Weaver of Grass
I can imagine. You'll need to treat him gently, they're very sensitive you know, football fans - especially Bolton supporters.

Thanks Pamela.

Wow, thanks for that. I just love love metaphors that can expand for ever!

120 Socks
I will give it my earnest consideration, but I somehow feel that if anyone could there'd be a fortune in it for them - which makes it seem a little unlikely.

sharplittle pencil
Sorry, should have foreseen that not everyone is pin-brained enough to know the ins and outs of football. A striker is the one who scores the goals - or should do!

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Very clever!