And in the End

Sorry for the
but the story’s
incomplete since
the author hit
a troubling bit
of wall and stalled

He’d thought it through
It had seemed straight
But now he knew
it didn’t rate
the mind-bending
great big ending
the man had planned

Mired in woe
feeling undone
he left it. So
has to pretend
this is the end

(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 2019

Originally published advertising free at “If You Haven’t Got A Sonnet

I’ll Sleep No More

One moonless night
startled awake
I saw a sight
that made me shake
For standing there
in some light’s glare
was me at three

To my chagrin
my shocked surprise
was mirrored in
his/my young eyes
as suddenly
a memory
flooded my head

This omen sent
filled me with dread
I knew it meant
I'd soon be dead
My will did crack
and I fell back
to wait my fate

For as a child
I had a dream
that was so wild
I had to scream
A man, like me
I did then see
was dead in bed

A murdered man
Stabbed through the heart
And I knew then
who played that part
This room well met
that nightmare’s set
in my mind’s eye

Hold on, I thought
I’m still alive
Had I forgot
I would survive
But three year me
cried out loudly
and said “He’s dead!”

Next morn I woke
grasping at life
Feeling reborn
Then saw the knife
plunged through a note
where someone wrote
“Dreams Do Come True”

(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 2019

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
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

(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 201

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.