World Champions

Hockey’s a game in which sticks are used
and everyone watching is bored and bemused –
that fact is, I think, abundantly clear,
although it’s hard to accept the idea.

We don’t want to know, because it’s a sport
that not only has games that are far too short, but
has fans that are now few and far between: club
members and families, unnaturally keen.

Only when our women’s eleven competes
– in skirts with quite amazingly short pleats –
and with the Krauts they contest the World Cup,
will the public at large support its own side
and gaze at the girls and go dreamy-eyed,
though their ball-handling skills at times trip them up!

By Nico Scheepmaker

Published in The Low Countries, 2012