Black Ball

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‘He’s won it already,’ Dad had said

the previous afternoon.

He’d always hated him.

‘Boring ginger git,’ he’d said,

as the score went seven nil.

It hadn’t helped that in eighty-three,

the one time he’d had tickets,

the ginger had finished Thorburn

before he’d even got to the theatre,

and all he got to see

was Reardon playing Spencer

for nothing but beer money.


The Irishman had been there too,

and he never liked him much either.

‘Bloody show-off with his trick shots,

thinks he’s bloody funny.’

But suddenly the clown

had become his biggest hero

and his best mate rolled into one.


Neither of us needed to mention

that it was way past both our bedtimes.

There was never any doubt

we were sticking this out to the end.

At seventeen each we knew it had been worth it,

and by sixty-two fifty-nine

we’d forgotten how tired we were.


I waited till the morning before I asked

if I could have a cue

for my birthday.

◄ The Poet Won't Buy You a Drink

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Joe Williams

Wed 3rd May 2017 10:27

Sadly mine mostly lies around in its case and doesn't get as much use as I'd like. I've never been much good either. Funnily enough my Dad got some rimless glasses recently to help with his snooker. Not quite Dennis style but the same idea! Thanks for commenting on the poem.

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Wed 3rd May 2017 10:22

Remember it well Joe. Bought my cue around this time but I was never much good, the specs always a hindrance and no I didn't want a pair like Dennis Taylor but what a fab invention. Certainly helped him on to world champion that year. And yes I stayed up too. And I still have the cue somewhere. It has a facsimile signature of Cliff Thorburn!

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Joe Williams

Tue 2nd May 2017 13:09

One for all those who have been enjoying the snooker. Originally published in the anthology 'Not a Drop' by Beautiful Dragons Press.

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