Diane Hine (25 July 1956)
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.
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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