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Those J shaped rods soon had us on the hook, As flocking to the crook our sheepish bleat Petitioned foes we lacked the skills to beat.
about the poem
'The Laws of the Game' is published as part of The Laws of the Game, a booklet edited by Glasgow’s Poet Laureate, Jim Carruth. He has invited 17 Glasgow poets to muse on various sports in a series of poems specially commissioned for the Games. On 28th July, 6pm, the poets featured in the booklet will be reading their work at Glasgow Green. Image: UWA Mens MTL vs REDS_ (30) by Chris Bartle, under a Creative Commons licence
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What fun Donny O’Rourke’s wry confession about hockey is. In my memory the only good thing about the game was the regulation navy-blue moygashel pleated skirt that went with it. But through these crafted, rhyming lines the truth emerges that the sport could intrigue, challenge and inspire young men. So in best Grenfell style I say – well done those chaps!
Poet, songwriter, film maker, critic, editor, teacher and translator, Donny O'Rourke was born, brought up and educated in Renfrewshire. After several years in television and journalism, Donny went freelance. He still broadcasts regularly and is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, CDs and works for the theatre. He edited the landmark anthology Dream State: the New Scottish Poets, published in 1994. His collections include The Waistband and other poems (Polygon, 1997).