On 11th July 2021 the England Football team lost on penalties to Italy after a 1-1 draw having played extra time in the Final of the Euro2020 tournament. The three England players who missed their penalty kicks all become victims of racist abuse.
In search of elusive self-definition,
I sit amongst the rubble of midlife,
many millions of spellbound souls,
enraptured by a sport played by adults
and teens from modest backgrounds.
An indomitable spirit turned to despair,
as victory glimpsed but now gone,
a transient, national grief reflected in
a consequent ordering of priorities, conscience
and recognition of what is truly important.
My sentient soul seeks solace
in sharing the distant misfortune
of those strident men recently
called upon to storm Harry’s breach,
an analogous battle now lost.
I see no colour, just plucky innocents,
summoned to a metaphorical bridge too far,
rewarded by insidious vitriol and racist spite.
We shall rise again as one, this family,
with arms wrapped around each other.
And vanquish the harpies of vile torment.
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