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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Football



 

We used to play with a small ball
Made out of a sock with holes
By stuffing 
Scraps of cloth into it,
And the more the ball was tattered,
The more we had to sew it
By pulling together
Each of its fraying fringes, and when
We couldn't sew it any more,
We used to clothe it
In another sock, and then
It'd look neat and clean again!

 

But these days
I've given up playing football altogether—
When I myself
Started getting kicked off, I realized
That the whole Earth itself
Is also being kicked off
Among the A-One, drunk players,
The question is only
Of the goals and exertion
Of force and pressure, whereas
The boarders of nations
Are in fraying rags, with too many
Regions razed to the ground.
Still...no player comes to the fore
To sew, and save 
This ball of Earth.


    -Haris Adhikari