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Michael Dineen poem in Southword Journal 18

 

Michael Dineen was born in Cork. He has had poems published in The Shop. He has recently completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education in UCC.

 

 

 

 

 

The Pitch

 

The posts are twisted and crabbéd,

the pitch rusted beyond use.

Someone still tends the grass but

it has been an eternity since men played here.

You sit in the centre of the field and think of games

performed off-camera and undocumented in the history books.

 

You can still feel the thrill of a quick flick,

the pull and tug of space opening and closing,

the concentration on the ball,

and the rushing of bodies

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