'Leaving Upton Park' by Ralph Dartford is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Leaving Upton Park’ by Ralph Dartford. Ralph is based in Yorkshire, and originally from Basildon in Essex. He is co-founder of the spoken word group A Firm of Poets with Matt Abbott, and recently curated Wakefield Lit Fest. He has previously worked for Arts Council England, and as manager at the Bloomsbury theatre in London. His first collection Cigarettes, Beer and Love was published in 2013. 

 

 

LEAVING UPTON PARK 

by Ralph Dartford 

 

 

Sometimes we’d win and we’d all go berserk.
But the bubbles have burst since we left Upton Park.
Hurst, Peters and Moore, an honest days work.
Sometimes we’d win and we’d all go berserk.

Sometimes we’d lose and we’d all rant and rave.
A tear up on the terraces, give the enemy a shave.
“West Ham until I die, until I’m in the grave.”
Sometimes we’d lose and we’d all rant and rave.

“But we’ll always have the moments”, said the Father to the son.
“Because this is where love was found, where the deal was done.”
“What, beaten claret and blue Dad, where the floodlights never shone?”
“But we’ll always have the moments”, said the Father to the son.

 

 

 

 

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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 26th Nov 2017 11:52

Very well deserved and not before time.

It is strange to me how people reflect on their family relationships and often see things that really never existed, and sad too that we cannot change those things.

David.

DESMOND CHILDS

Wed 22nd Nov 2017 14:46

Congratulations Ralf, I can remember Hurst,Peters and Moore;the 1966 World Cup win. I think every farther and son shared that moment. Worthy poem for POTW.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 22nd Nov 2017 12:28

Yahoo! Mr. Dartford. You are 'the people's poet'!

It's really great to 'know' you, an honour.

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suki spangles

Mon 20th Nov 2017 22:42

Congratulations of winning PotW Ralph. Hope you aren't too disappointed with the new London Stadium..

Cheers,

Suki

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Hannah Collins

Mon 20th Nov 2017 20:59

The passion of sport - brilliant.

Congrats for being POTW.

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