#2,673 Away Game at Villa

Mike Bell/ May 29, 2023/ www.mikebellpoems.com

On Witton Road we walked
[an easy route towards our
destination] –
that centring
stadium loomed & below it
a cultural pot of difference
in this country’s gut –
this a
[easy to accept] –
in Sussex there are market
traders & shopkeepers that
hate this bright confluence
of other –
they sneer in fear
of replacement –
they work
at hate –
they launder & rub
at their own stained hands
[never enough to clean off
their grubbiness’s disrelish
that is ingrained] –
We lost

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