Poetry

Geoff Page: Two Poems

Sweaty Maxims after Rio   Sport, we know, is filled with morals even when it’s out and drunk. Consider all the holy homework behind the basketballer’s dunk.   Think upon the codes of football, each a sublimated war. Chopped-up chess or riot with rules? Choose your own sweet metaphor.   Swimming, too, is sleek with meaning. Life a fifty-metre dash? Or thirty chlorinated lengths more for honour than the cash?   Reflect upon the “sport of kings”, galloping or pulling wheels. No matter whose nag’s out the front a bookie shares in its ideals.   Athletics too are rich in…

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