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World Cup Starts


07.31.10 Posted in today's words by

Tapeshwar Amef had two other poems accepted and scheduled to post at vox poetica when he submitted this. Yes, the schedule got a little reordered. The World Cup may be over for now, but the magic lives on, as captured in this poem. Reading this should take you back to the games or maybe introduce you to the wonder of them in the first place. To read more of Tapeshwar’s work, visit his blog. Nicely done Tapeshwar! And kudos to South Africa for hosting a fine World Cup! 

World Cup Starts
By Tapeshwar Amef

More joy, more celebrations,
The gathering, the ecstasy, the sport,
Mingle in harmony.
The air show, the stadium show
And the show on the faces of all soccer lovers.
The joyfulness on the face of Desmond Tutu,
Seen with his closed eyes and folded hands
Summarizes the essence of the Game.
There is something more to the smiles
Than the pretense of a smile.
It started with an even note, 1-1, South Africa and Mexico.
Significance starts with one and
Let singularity of one unite us all,
In all the fields, sports, politics, etc.
Abstract and nonabstract must dance in union.
Let us all make an understanding
And comprehend the truth behind football.
Let freedom shine above, like a star.
Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela
Freedom, freedom, freedom!
A cup holding the soccer ball.



4 Responses to “World Cup Starts”

  1. Jean says:

    What a beautiful metaphor: the World Cup for freedom.

    Nelson Mandela the world reveres you as a symbol of strength, perseverance, freedom and love.

    Thank you for this amazing poem, Tapeshwar Amef.

  2. Amazing! Love of the man, love of the sport, love of life.

  3. tapeshwar says:

    My pleasure!
    et peace and freedom reign the world over.

  4. tapeshwar says:

    My pleasure!
    Let animate and inanimate dance in union for its celebraton of love.