Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

Bully


TANKA
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.

HOCKEY 1
Golf allows hooking,
hockey allows dribbling;
the converse is false.

HOCKEY 2
Time-wasting incurs
penalties; a rule recalled
forty years later.

HOCKEY 3
Magpies are meek and
daydreamers are team players
not

SIJO
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.

BULLY
Hockey one…
The magpie shrills
Hockey two…
The magpie swoops
Hockey three…
I raise my stick
‘Penalty! ’
The magpie poops.

Submitted: Thursday, June 06, 2013
Edited: Thursday, August 01, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

The poem refers to school hockey played in 1971.
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.

Comments about this poem (Bully by Diane Hine )

Enter the verification code :

  • Rookie - 997 Points Anthony Di''anno (6/29/2013 9:09:00 AM)

    Ah I played a lot of hockey in my youth and I have the dented shins to prove it. Your poem took me right back. Well written Diane. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,133 Points Owain Glyn (6/14/2013 4:58:00 AM)

    I smiled when I came across this piece, my given surname is Hockey, can you imagine the 'stick' I suffered as a child! ! Lol (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Chuck Audette (6/13/2013 2:32:00 PM)

    Street hockey had a bully too, but no magpies calling highsticking or rough checks. Ahh... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 85 Points Danny Draper (6/8/2013 7:00:00 AM)

    My wife Donna, and daughters Angela and Sarah still coach and play hockey and the girls umpire as their job while at Uni. A brilliant collection of poetic plays and manouvres as variation on theme. The game ventured on and no one was carded although the uniform strafed with bird poo may have been discarded. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,967 Points Valsa George (6/8/2013 3:22:00 AM)

    Being a total stranger to hockey, I don't get much of what you have written! The only familiar image is that of the magpie diving with snapped clicks, whistles and shrieks! But there must be something catchy about the whole poem! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 717 Points Thomas A Robinson (6/7/2013 7:45:00 AM)

    You wield your poetry like a skilled surgeon in command of tools, knowledge and supreme confidence.
    You flutter about in styles and forms like a butterfly from flower to flower producing
    magic. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 248 Points Captain Cur (6/6/2013 8:58:00 PM)

    Two minute penalty for unsportsmanlike poetry.
    Umpire calls illegal sticking,
    knitting in the box with the hot knots, Puck!
    look out for the Magpie, back end in motion,
    I think that's football.
    Nice write, clever and sticky. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,582 Points Lyn Paul (6/6/2013 8:55:00 AM)

    A great write detailing back to wayback when,40 years later like only yesterday, You sound like you were a competiitive player (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,135 Points Valerie Dohren (6/6/2013 8:33:00 AM)

    Never played Hockey, not the sporty type, but love Magpies - another interesting and informative write Diane. (Report) Reply

Read all 13 comments »

New Poems

  1. Thoughtful Succour, michael walkerjohn
  2. Wrapped In Silk, michael walkerjohn
  3. My Prayer, Clive Blake
  4. AFTER THESE MISTS AND FOGS, M.D Dinesh Nair
  5. Creek of death!, SALINI NAIR
  6. Your Coronation, Alem Hailu Gabre Kristos
  7. I Love You, How To Say, Get It Sent Acro.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  8. Right To Prevail, Col Muhamad Khalid Khan
  9. Scarecrow, Naveed Khalid
  10. Beav Cleave - Lincoln Park Zoo, Ima Ryma

Poem of the Day

poet Edgar Allan Poe

"Seldom we find," says Solomon Don Dunce,
"Half an idea in the profoundest sonnet.
Through all the flimsy things we see at once
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

poet Carey York

Trending Poems

  1. The Brook, Alfred Lord Tennyson
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. An Enigma, Edgar Allan Poe
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. All the World's a Stage, William Shakespeare
  7. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  8. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  9. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]