Poems by Brendan Kennelly, Conor O’Callaghan, David Park and Rita Ann Higgins, taken from Everything to Play For: 99 Poems about Sport
By David Park
Once I tried to pin him to the page
Tackle him with the heaviness of words
But with a sudden drop of one shoulder
And a slight shimmy of hips he was gone,
Leaving me stumbling off balance,
The page a withering wake of empty space,
His heels disappearing into the distance
Like some skipping dance of trickster light.
from Everything to Play For: 99 Poems about Sport (Poetry Ireland 2015).