Beautiful Game

Set For The Start

The teams come out
The anthems’ sung
Handshakes about
The coin is flung
The TIFO mocks
Ref sets the clock
Prayers said, fears shed

Uncrossed Keeper

The ball's played wide
A cross sent in
Keeper decides
to her chagrin
not to come out
Poachers about
It's near! Whew, cleared!

Bad Tackle Pain

A foul is called
the whistle blown
''I played the ball!'
'Yellow card shown
The wall is set
Over is bet
Curves round, goal found!

The Midfield Run

The midfield run
with tricks and turns
to watch is fun
until one learns
there is no shot!
Was all for naught!
Set up let up!

The Corner Kick

The whistle blows
The ball is kicked
Defender knows

not to get picked
The forward rises
Shot surprises
Crossbar the star

The Offside Call

Flag waves in sun
The play called back
Mistimed her run
Killed the attack
But disagrees
In replay sees
Her stride onside!

A Halftime Speech


Team down by one
at halftime's knell
Out of the sun
the coach does yell
Show some spirit!
Where is your grit?
Play smart! With heart!

Possession Stat

Possession stat
clearly favors
the passing craft
of visitors
Their ball control
taking its toll
Home chase the pace


Keeper is Boss

Another cross
easily caught
Keeper is boss
Pass target sought
Ball sent upfield
Midfielder wheeled
Attack from back

The Back Dove In

The back dove in
with her studs up
Yellow again
for that blowup
Freekick taken
Goal forsaken
Nice try. Offside

No Place To Go

No place to go
she plays it back
Don’t seem to know
how to attack
Frustration starts
to play a part
More scowls and fouls

Midfield Mugging

A little tug
A stretched jersey
Acts like she’s mugged
for ref to see
Ball put down quick
for the freekick
Near post, so close

They Score Once More

Ball played up long
Time running out
Headed along
In with a shout
Keeper off line
One in behind
Two-Oh? It’s so!

Full Time

Whistle blows twice
ending the match
Home team makes nice
but wants rematch
Felt poorly served
Loss undeserved
Bad call caused fall


Image of France vs Korea Republic FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 
and FIFA Women's World Cup Logo courtesy of
FIFA Women's World Cup.
(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 2019

The Night Before

Just hold me tight,
don't let me go.
Know that tonight
I love you so.
Tomorrow morn,
they'll sound the horn,
and I must fly.

I don't know when
I shall return,
but until then
for you I'll yearn.
So for tonight
just hold me tight
and be with me.

Image of British Troops coming ashore at Gold Beach, D-Day, World War II courtesy
of Good Free Photos.
(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 2016