Poetry Friday

This week’s roundup can be found at ELIZABETH STEINGLASS
Poetry for Children and their Grownups here

Elizabeth is celebrating the release of her new book Soccerverse: Poems about Soccer which includes 22 poems about everything soccer – the ball, shin guards, uniforms, teammates, dribbling, fans and even the handshake after the game. So in the same tradition I thought I’d share a poem that I wrote, wait for it, 13 years ago about my oldest child Harrison and his love of Aussie Rules Football. And as it’s Mothers’ Day here in Australia on Sunday I thought that this was the perfect poem to share. It actually came to be written as the football club had a competition running for mothers to write a short story about what it was that they enjoyed about mothering a junior football player. So this is what I wrote. It won the competition in case you were wondering.

8 thoughts on “Poetry Friday

  1. I love hearing the words new to me, Jackie, like ‘footy’, but I know what you mean about that cold & the early rising. My boy did soccer, then LaCrosse, when I worried a lot about this teeth having spent so much on the braces! I love your ending, too. Thanks!

  2. What a delightful fun poem. I remember standing out in the rain at soccer games when my sons were younger. It wasn’t my favourite place to be, but the boys loved it, so my umbrella and I were there.

  3. Loved reading about your adventures in Canberra Jack…thanks for sharing 💜

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. I also started working on a mother’s day poem about a mom who’s not such a big fan! Mine’s from the kid’s point of view who appreciated that she’s there even if she’s not there for love of the sport. I think we accidentally wrote paired poems. : )

  5. What a lovely poem for Mother’s Day! Yes, whatever thy’re interest are, become our interests. Some I’ve enjoyed more than others (especially not thrilled with sitting outside in heat and cold for 5-6 hour track meets where I saw my daughter compete in 3 events that lasted 30-60 seconds each). But I love seeing their passion for whatever they’re doing. It makes my Mom heart happy to see them so happy.

  6. I love it! I didn’t know much of anything about footy (or soccer as we call it here) until my daughter started playing, but I loved watching her enjoyment of it.

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