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Outdoors Places Pleasures Poetry Sport Sports

Hole with a view

#whatsinthepicture #photoprompt

Hole with a view (Image : Chris Breebaart 2021)

Golf can be a treacherous game

walking out miles from the safety

of the cosy clubhouse

to the first tee

journey rugged to a deceptive beauty

ball carefully placed on the tee

club measured for the perfect weight of shot

but golfer beware

for out on the windy cliff

you may find your golf shoes

changed for wellington boots

depending on where the ball lands

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Memories Outdoor Pursuits Sport

Put a Pin on it

#socs #pin

Someone once told me – you never really leave the scouts

In a sense – i guess they were right.

Why? i hear you ask – because of some little things picked up along the way

back when i was a cub scout (yeah! i am that old) when we went on expeditions or on camps, we’d try and pick up a patch for our camp blankets – which kept us warm on cold nights and some of us turned into ponchos for night time around the camp

I collected plenty of these badges – and still have them in the house in a box – as a reminder of the places i’ve been

Yorkshire Dales, Edinburgh, Peak District, Lake District, Cheshire, Lancashire….

Manchester 2002 pin badge

But i guess fashions change….and around the time when Manchester hosted the Commonwealth Games, the cloth patches turned a little more smaller and a little more harder….and a little more metallic.

There were Pin badges with the Manchester logo on them , 18 Sports pins covering the various sports events, country pins and team pins for the staff

And after the games had finished, places of interest took up the mantle as well as other sporting events.

Turn the lock forward to 2012 – and i’m finding myself at Old Trafford and the Pins are back

Olympic Ambassadors pin ….Old Trafford manchester

Reminders of places visited, Events volunteeered at and things achieved

They even introduced them at the Imperial War Museum – for years of service

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Poetry Sport

Kick off

Old Trafford, Manchester, 14th August 2021

Old Trafford – Manchester Utd

They’d been preparing for this for weeks

Olympics – a mere distraction

to what lay ahead

The match – early saturday

the vendors – out with their home made goods – were there on Friday

the banner stretched across the entrance gate window

a statement of intent

red carpet laid out for the opposition fans

hoping they’d enjoy the spectacle – if not the scoreline

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Poetry Sport

Real

This ain’t no pulp fiction

Or a work from Shakespeare

Candid Cameras aren’t hiding round

to jump up and appear

Events they are a happening

this can’t be called “Fake News”

Competitors are going for the medals

Commentators – are blowing a fuse

For favourites are being shown the door

whilst outsiders pick up Gold and More

from countries more than favourites yield

in sports olympic, track and field

And while they sit there, mouths open wide

the rank outsiders running with pride

he’s a very happy chap

for he’s running his own victory lap

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Sport Sports

Relay

#Olympic #Relay #Running

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Racing to reach that golden finish line

everyone has to do their bit to get their teams baton through

last leg as important as the first

and it’s crucial to keep a good grip of that metallic tube

you drop it – you’ll be out of the race for a medal

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Health Sport Sports

Hope

#socs #hope

I

expectation….

its building in the streets

wondering if

Maybe – Just maybe

the men and the ministry

will tell us we can go back to normal

II

Grandkids

calling their nannas and grandads

plans being formulated

over an i-pad screen

rendezvous to see them

and share a hug

III

The athletes preparing

to jet off in search for gold

times and distances to be broken

records to be re-written

under the umbrella of prevention

will search be fruitful – here’s hoping

IV

Final preparations draw near

to the victor – comes the shiny trophy

Two nations, expect

The weight of expectation – balanced

Till the referee blows his whistle

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Outdoors Parks Poetry Sport

Slope

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The golf pro landed the ball

downhill

all seemed well

that was until

aided by the grass or on its own

perhaps by wind it was blown

down the slope , and into a trap

into the sand, in a moments snap

the ball was rescued by his sand wedge

only to find its self back on the ledge

and on this slightly windy day

he watched, as his ball down the hill, rolled away

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Sport Sports

Hoops

#SoCs #OOP

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Holding on to the ball ?

Out of the question in my younger years – but Now

Occasionally, i’ll be in the right place to

Position the ball against the backboard to

Score a point

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Leisure Life Sport Sports

Run

#SoCs #Run #Life #Sports

you’ve been doing this

since you were little

toddling round the garden

Rewards ? Only you know

there’s a time to beat – from a to b

kept from the last time you did it

stopwatch started at the first step

and while you pound the sandstone and tarmac

you’re chasing down your personal prize

Obstacles a plenty – pedestrians to bollards

but aside from the medals round your neck

the best reward ? the lower number on the bathroom scales

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Acrostic Christmas Life Memories Poetry Sport Sports

Fulfilling a dream

Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford

A reminiscence

Watching my first football game

Enchantment on Boxing Day

Seeing young charges, trying to

Outdo the achievements of players and Heroes past

Moving towards the opposition net and

Enjoying the home team score a goal