Do a Portsmouth (Poetry In Motion)

Posted on April 12, 2010. Filed under: Articles | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Sunday 11th April 2010  Tottenham 0 – 2 Portsmouth

There’s a lot that we can learn from Portsmouth Football club 

I love football, probably just as much as the next person, but perhaps a little less than most.

Recently though, one particular team has caught my eye. Portsmouth Football club isn’t a club that I’ve ever really paid much attention to, but now I find that I am somehow drawn to them.

Why? Because for me, Portsmouth represent LIFE! And that beyond football.

I came to know of them well when I heard about their financial woes all over the news. Now this isn’t big news in terms of companies going bust and financial issues hitting most businesses. Not to mention the money problems faced by bigger clubs in the past such as Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

But this story seems a little more… I don’t know, sad.

I recently heard of a story of one of the Portsmouth players having to return to his parents’ home.

If you haven’t heard, there have been reports of the players not being paid for months (Portsmouth reportedly owe £65million), the club going into administration and having points deducted from their campaign as a result of this.

Now to the “working” world, this sort of action would be faced with the reaction of strikes. But watching Portsmouth play against premier league hitter, Tottenham was an example in loyalty if there ever was one.

There was something extremely poetic and gallant in the way Portsmouth played. With such determination and devotion – they had a fighters spirit about them. They were soldiers on that pitch!

I was greatly touched by it all, especially in light on their current circumstances.

And In spite of their monetary woes, administration matters and relegation, Portsmouth played like REAL champions.

And isn’t that what we need from real players?

Champions.

In life.

Whether on or off the pitch.

They won Sunday’s match, beating Tottenham 2 – 0. A victory well deserved in my opinion.

Regardless of the team you actually support, you couldn’t help but stand in salute of their amazing efforts.

Now, their problems are still very much present, but you never would have guessed the way they played.

So inspiring!

I often write about about it, but in adversity, when the world says “no way” or “you can’t possibly make a comeback” or “forget it, there’s no hope”, just “Do a Portsmouth” and show them that nothing can stop you when you just keep your eyes on the ball.

That’s one football lesson I definitely want my son to learn!

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The Heart of War

Posted on January 29, 2010. Filed under: Poetry | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m feeling like you like me this way;
Laid out with no fight,
Wondering where to go.

I get the impression that you don’t want me to stand,
To raise my head and know that I can.

I’m sensing that the you I know isn’t you at all,
You feel superior when I’m feeling inferior.

I have a hunch that my down and out mood pleases you some,
Your words say otherwise but your eyes tell me so.

I feel your foot on the hand I’m trying to lift,
Your sole is pressing into me and my hand goes numb.

I feel your soulless soul burst with delight,
As I start to shake my head in defeat.

I say to you:
Don’t be fooled my stance as I lay down.
With my face in the dirt,
I’m not beaten.

I look up at you and then I see,
You staring back at you.
And me staring back at me.

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