Football Minus Pads

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Football Minus Pads
A found poem
With thanks to Jonas Fortune,
Akron Beacon Journal, May 22, 2008

Rain pelts, mud caked bodies
This isn’t a story of winning and losing
Young men
Sprint up and down
A fundamental drill
Dodge the droplets, as well as the defenders
Seriousness of the matter
Rugby, a club sport
Pre game ritual movements
Shouted chants, “Haka”
Performed rituals, started in England
Sign of respect for Moori culture
Intimidates opponents
Pick it up
Run with it
Pass it
Its pretty fun
More than I expected
Football without pads





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