Trees fringe a hockey
field. A magpie dives with snapped
Clicks, whistles and shrieks;
sticks knit schoolgirls in hot knots.
The umpire flaps, shrills and swoops.
Golf allows hooking,
hockey allows dribbling;
the converse is false.
penalties; a rule recalled
forty years later.
Magpies are meek and
daydreamers are team players
The ball miraculously flew to the left wing’s reversed stick.
For six glorious seconds, she dribbled like a real player.
Some events are witnessed by many and remembered by one.
The magpie shrills
The magpie swoops
I raise my stick
The magpie poops.
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Poet's Notes about The Poem
According to the FIH, from 1886 field hockey was started by the ‘bully’ (three taps of the stick between two players) .
In 1984 this was replaced by the pass back.
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