Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Blessings in Disguise

                                                                                                   Attribution: Usien
Image : Youth Football in Germany
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

3WW:  Combative  Represent  Sluggish
Poets United:  Gifts and Blessings

There appeared to be something telling
A very drastic change was taking shape
Barely two weeks ago it was panic stations
when everything was all in the doldrums
The tongue lashing from the coach
was still ringing loud and clear
They deserved it after such a sluggish display
Skills for which they were known and feared
Were terribly missing

What came over them
It was not something worrisome now
something for the better though but
the coach had wanted answers
There were certainly learning points
It could be invoked the next time
In similar circumstances

So what was right?
What contributed to the change

They were suddenly more combative
Playing well as a team
Their coordination improved
And their cross-passings  perfect
They represented a pack of a wallop
They were themselves as a new team

He was not complaining
As a Manager such blessings were rare
He must have a word with the coach
It was a gift of the season
He was overwhelmed!

Written for Thomg's 3WW and shared with Kim's at Poets United - Verse First


  1. Despite being sport you're writing about the sentiment underpinning your lines is a beautiful one. I enjoyed this poem.

    A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for you and your family.

    Greetings from London.

    1. Thank you CIL. Nice of you to come by! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and the loving family too!


  2. it is great to see that change take place...when a team starts to gel...and magic starts to happen on the field...

    1. Thanks Brian for being around making your rounds despite being 'on leave' It's most refreshing!


  3. A team coming together is quite the sight

  4. When the gel win or lose it is sure a fun game to watch and fun for them to play

  5. team work always works especially in sports

  6. Yes indeed a defeat can often change the course of things the next time you try..I always appreciate the diverse range of topics your poems explore..always something new to find..

  7. Contentment can be found in personal achievements and team-work. Interesting perspective on the prompt.

  8. Oh I know where you are coming from.

  9. You have captured the spirit of the moment! lovely...

  10. gifts come in many forms... and to see a coming together take place is one of them

  11. Success doesn't come easy. Skill is one thing but determination also is important as well as teamwork. I miss those fun years I played soccer.

  12. That is a blessing indeed to the sports fan!!! Great write, Hank!

  13. I see sports too rarely to know this there firsthand, but I have seen it in rehearsal for teh stage and in classroom moments as well.

  14. Hank,

    last night my son was playing football here during a rain storm. Such is the passion in England!!!
    Your poem captures the transition between thinking in an individual manner, and then seeing the team challenges..
    Happy Christmas to you Hank. Thank you for your interaction here at Poets United all year.

  15. transition.....beautiful gift of the nicely penned

  16. The tongue lashing appears for sure to have been a blessing in disguise!

  17. Well, that's a different choice of subject matter! Good on you, Hank, for finding poetry in unexpected places.

  18. You make a sports thing (something I normally avoid) sound exciting.

  19. Hank, life's lessons turn up when least expected don't they?
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and an inspired New Year