April 9, 2010

Let the poetry flow…and then there can only be one winner

Filed under: Uncategorized — newritings @ 3:57 pm

I do this posting on the eve of el Clasico, when FC Barcelona play, Real Madrid FC. What is remarkable is that we in the Republic of South Africa will have our first collective viewing of the match, as part of the supporters club of FC Barcelona. To celebrate this moment, I post two poems, one from my favourite poet, the late Chilean Revolutionary of words and the struggle for justice, Pablo Neruda, as well as a poem from a fan of Burney. Such poems can be found at a website for those who love poems and football at
Please write about what you feel and send it to them…

The Goals

…You can say anything you want, yes sir, but it’s the goals that sing, they soar and descend… I bow to them… I love them, I cling to them, I run them down, I bite into them, I melt them down… I love words so much… The unexpected ones… The ones I wait for greedily or stalk until, suddenly, they drop… Vowels I love… They glitter like colored stones, they leap like silver fish, they are foam, thread, metal, dew…  run after certain goals.. They are so beautiful that I want to fit them all into my poem… I catch them in mid-flight, as they buzz past, I trap them, clean them, peel them, I set myself in front of the dish, they have a crystalline texture to me, vibrant, ivory, vegetable, oily, like fruit, like algae, like agattes, like olives… And then I stir them, I shake them, I drink them, I gulp them down, I mash them, I garnish  them, I let them go… I leave them in my poem like stalactites, like slivers of polished wood, like coals, pickings from a shipwreck, gifts from the waves… Everything exists in the goals… An idea goes through a complete change because one word shifted its place, or because another settled down like a spoiled little thing inside a phrase that was not expecting her but obeys her…They have shadow, transparence, weight, feathers, hair, and everything they gathered from so much rolling down the river, from so much wandering from country to country, from being roots so long… They are very ancient and very new…They live in the bier, hidden away, and in the budding flower… What a great language I have, it’s a fine language we inherited from the fierce conquistadors…They strode over the giant cordilleras, over the rugged America, hunting for potatoes, sausages, beans, black tabacco, gold, corn fried eggs, with a voracious appetite not found in the world since then… They swallowed up everything, religion, pyramids, tribes, idolatries just like the ones they brought along in their huge  sacks…Wherever they went, they razed the land… But goals fell like pebbles out of the boots of the barbarians, out of their beards, their helmets, their horseshoes, luminous words that were left glittering here… our language. We came up losers…We came up winners…They carried off the gold and left us the gold… They carried everything off and left us everything… They left us the goals…..

© Pablo Neruda

messi in heaven?

If Only Messi Played for Burnley
What poetry would pour
from gilded boots
The Little Magician
would make our woes disappear
If the Lion of Barca
should find a home with the Turf
Turning water into claret
returning hopes from thin air.

© The Bard of Burnley
Well, one can dream perchance.

Mzansi Penya Barcelonista
The first Barça Fan Club in South Africa
Ted Dumitru will visit us on Saturday 10 April
Ted Dumitru will be amongst a host of speakers and fans gathering in Randburg this weekend, to watch and sing the praises of FC Barcelona when they take on the old enemy Real Madrid this week-end. The event will start at 6 pm, with the formal programme expected to kick off at 7 pm. The match itself, a derby (week 31, SATURDAY 10 APRIL, 10 PM in Spain which is the same time as in South Africa) rekindles not only the passions of football, but the tortured political histories of Spain, under fascism, will be celebrated by a collective viewing of penya members this Saturday. The supporters club, called Mzansi Penya Barcelonista, is in the process of getting official recognition from Nou Camp, has a blog, a facebook account, and an active executive. For the programme and the activities of the Penya, please visit the our blog: and / or Facebook Group again soon or call the Secretary Mr Terry Jeevanantham 084 5041091.

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