Transfer Deadline Day

Football players will vanish
from their clubs. They will not have time
to clean out their locker, hug the tea lady,
tell anyone where they are going.
The stadium they leave will stay standing,.
Strangers will keep gathering to sing
and eat pies and yell at referees trying their best,
while old teammates try to adapt,
speak a new language, trust new hands.

© Carl Burkitt 2022

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