The Susurration of the Soccer Alchemist

An Ode to the players whose wizardry awes and inspires us
by Michael Quigg   |   Friday, January 15, 2016

The Poetic Game by Michael E. Quigg - combining soccer and poetry

susurration- a soft murmur; whisper

alchemy- the magical power or process of transmuting something of little value into

something of great value


The craftsmanship done with pride

once a hide, now formed with care

Eighteen patches of leather

sewn together, filled with air


But pride is pride, nothing more

So for magic to exist

there need be susurration,

of passion, by alchemist


A child's love often the dawn

built upon by legend's tales

Into soul the vision burn'd

of nets turn'd billowing sails


Legend's tales to legend born

and a new morn lights the game

Bringing new tales of wonder

records plundered by new name


Though seemingly mere mortal

the anecdotal is clear

Conjuring touch required

for ball to aspire to sphere


When feat makes us turn to sky

When our eyes the gods have kissed

It is by susurration,

by passion, of alchemist

Michael QUIGG

Club Domestic:
Mass United FC
Club Foreign:
Oxford United
A lifelong Bostonian, Michael travels in the worlds of both sport and art. He is the Director of PR & Media for Mass United FC, co-host of The SpeakEasy Cafe on BlogTalkRadio and a volunteer and open mic regular for Boston Poetry Slam. He’s a busy boy.