A Forest Full of Trees

Three thoughts brought on by the FA Cup that have little to do with the FA Cup
by Michael Quigg   |   Friday, May 17, 2013

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

I-We Have One Of Those


Did you see that?

It was pretty awesome, wasn't it?

We Americans love that shit,

the little guy,

standing toe-to-toe

with a behemoth,

fighting with all they have

to become champions

That's why they say

the Cup is magic


We have one of those too, you know

Second oldest in the world

Our Cup

is a lot like theirs

except that it's better

because it's ours


II-Wigan Athletic’s Agony/Ecstacy Has Been Brought To You By The Promotion/Relegation System And Its Subsidiaries


A journey of 81 years

spent mostly

as a fourth or fifth fiddle

mired in mediocrity-

if that…

Yet they climbed out of it

and took steps necessary

to reach beyond

their perceived grasp


Yes, they have to take a step back

before they can again move forward

But that's what life is

A continuous test of resolve

that never gets easier

You have to fight

for every step forward

But that is no reason

to ever




If this had happened here,

if it were, say,

Brooklyn Athletic,

and not Wigan,

this would be

the quintessential

American success story

An inspiration to all

It can happen here

We just have to let it




Funny what happens

When you give someone a chance

That is all we ask

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.