14
Oct
07

Sonnet – The Headworth Under fourteen Football Team

I was asked in my creative writing class to write a poem about a childhood memory in sixteen lines or less. The sixteen lines got me thinking of Tony Harrison’s poem ‘Marked with D’ which is a sonnet with sixteen lines rather than the usual fourteen. But then I realised Tony Harrison is a poetical genius and I am a beginner. So I decided to stick with the traditional fourteen lines. Anyway, here is my effort:

The Hedworth, under thirteen football team
Are gathered together near the band stand.
Waiting for the teacher, their Ibrahim,
Certain of guidance to the promised land.
Just like in the league we knew we would win,
Our faith firm. ‘It’s like a bye!’ ‘Too easy!’.
One step nearer to the final in Berlin,
So cocksure it was almost sleazy.
Then, we were told, ‘Our keeper cannot come’.
Like the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima
The words cut like an aweless blasphemer
And in a heartbeat were all stricken dumb.
Down to ten men we didn’t stand a chance.
A real humbling end to our cup romance.

— John Nixon 2007.

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1 Response to “Sonnet – The Headworth Under fourteen Football Team”


  1. 1 lambtonbookworm
    February 19, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Looking at this again I have really cocked this up.


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