Since I’ve been forced to quit football I’ve gotten more and more into poetry – specifically ‘Spoken Word’.
I have a lot of poetry in the works, but this is the first piece I’ve (somewhat) finished. Its a kind-of story/kind-of poem centered on three themes that have become increasingly confluential the longer I’ve been in the U.S.
Friends back home comment a lot on how great my life is out here – and it often is. But it’s evident that through the eyes of social media, adversity is easily painted over by pictures of sunny beaches and palm trees – which is completely understandable, but not always the reality.
Whatever the weather (pun intended), this journey has always seemed to give me a way to turn negatives into a new positive; a new goal; a new passion. And this part of the poem touches on my ultimate childhood passion and the fundamental reason I am where I am today – football. Speaking more specifically to my transition from a budding professional footballer, to relative athletic frailty.
However, further into the poem it should hopefully become apparent that although this transition was devastating, it has brought with it an opportunity that would have otherwise been impossible.
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