Monday, August 27, 2018

Arlene Corwin writes

It’s Only A Game

The final days, public in hysteria
Uniting yet inciting.
They call it fervour,
Splitting apart the mind and heart
Of those disposed.
Collective but not necessarily reflective,
A fan not always fantastic but fanatic.

July, two thousand eighteen.
All the world’s a TV screen.
Football and the ball is round;
Teams running, bounding
On a spree
To reach a goal that no goal-ee
Can foil.

For 90 minutes folk will weep or cheer
Or anger.
Men will fall, miss the ball,
Cards of red or cards of yellow
Referred by referee to tell all
Players who will bellow at the other fellow…

While one side of the stadium’s in tears,
Air defiant, the other cheers,

Some will go their way in stillness,
Some will go in ´killing-ness`.

It is a game only,
Not World War ´bloody` Three.
No one has died.
Two teams have played their best with pride.
Life carries on without a particle of shame.
It is, will always be a game.
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World Cup 2018 -- Phil Galloway


  1. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded in 1904 in Zürich to oversee international competition amonf national football (soccer) associations. Today it recognizes 211 national associations and their associated men's national teams as well as 129 women's national teams;it has more member states than the United Nations, since it recognizes 23 non-sovereign nations. These are organized into 6 continental zones, which hold qualifying matches. FIFA held the 1st World Cup in 1930, and it has been held every 4 years (except 1942 and 1946, due to World War II. It is the world's most widely viewed sporting event; its final match is watched by some 10% of the world's population. It has a statistically significant effect on birth rates, the male/female sex ratio of newborns, and heart attacks in countries whose national teams are competing.

  2. Cape Cod was a favorite vacation spot for Boston-area housewife Claire Rothrock, who was inspired to write a poem about the place. She took it to Ace studios, a Boston recording studio owned by Milton Yakus, who adapted it into song lyrics. Allan Jeffrey set it to music. Rothrock introduced it to Patti Page during a Boston nightclub appearance, and she recorded it in New York (though she had already had a hit with another Yakus composition in 1956). "Wondering" by Jack Schafer was already scheduled to be Page's next release, and "Old Cape Cod" was intended to be its B-side. The record was released on 23 April 1957, but "Old Cape Cod" quickly surpassed "Wondering" as the dominant side and established Cape Cod as a popular tourist spot.

    If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air
    Quaint little villages here and there
    You're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod

    If you like the taste of a lobster stew
    Served by a window with an ocean view
    You're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod

    Winding roads that seem to beckon you
    Miles of green beneath a sky of blue
    Church bells chimin' on a Sunday morn
    Remind you of the town where you were born

    If you spend an evening you'll want to stay
    Watching the moonlight on Cape Cod Bay
    You're sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod


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