Not A Safari

South Africa's World Cup, as seen from New York City

villa

The insouciant sweep
of arm (he means you
to think “matador”)

after he stabs
yet another ball
into the back
of the net.

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Filed under: magic

One Response

  1. Peter says:

    Loved the poem! Until I had the privilege to watch Spain play Honduras at Ellis Park nine days ago, I never realized how much Villa runs — up and down, across, and everywhere. On TV it’s easy to miss this detail because the cameras follow the ball and viewers are made blind to much off-the-ball movement. For defenders Villa’s running is a nightmare, on top of the headaches of dealing with his deadly finishing and magical ability to dribble out of the tightest of spaces. As of June 30, Villa is my World Cup MVP.

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