Fly the flag with idiotic pride,
it’s the football jamboree.
Infecting nearly everyone.
Suddenly – a pride in our country.
A cycle of absurd fervour,
that hits every four years.
All rejoicing at the start
before inevitably ending in tears.
An incongruous, simplistic belief,
unbridled passion for a game.
A conceited national arrogance.
It is such a shame, shame, shame.
Unified, labouring with zeal,
faith as eleven chase a ball.
Defeat, inexorably comes with a penalty,
the reaction could make a government fall.
So where do all the flags go?
Are they burnt, or are they thrown?
Put away till the next competition,
giving new hope a chance to be grown.
© Darren Beaney
World Cup 2018: Football showpiece set to begin in Russia
World Cup: England fan covers house with giant flag
Darren Beaney: OAP - Old Aged Punk. Writing on and off for 20 years. Did some slams in the late 1990's (very drunk). Never submitted anything anywhere.