A SOOTHSAYER PREDICTS BALL GAMES
A piece of land if cleared
will provide a suitable setting:
a pig's or sheep's bladder leather bound
secured with stitches
can be fashioned into a facsmilie of the globe
made to fly above the ground
or propelled along it
by the agency of human intervention
that will be the intention.
There will soon arise a system of attack
and defence whereby the bladder
(now called a ball) will be projected
into opposite frames marked out
as in an imagined stewardship of those areas
by opposition penetrated.
Two groups shall evolve
marked distinctively by colours,
will combine in the aim of conquest
by mutual request..
Great store will be set by this activity,
skills of subterfuge and skirmish displayed
in the manipulation of the so called game.
Crowds will gather all inflamed with passion;
the moneylenders shall come,
a code of morality.
All shall worship the humble bladder
which formerly served a fine and godly purpose
now a transmutation into beautiful sport
and variants thereof
to carry their own history,
and the love of it shall be passed down
from father to son.
There will be much resistance by womenfolk
who mostly will stay behind closed doors in denial
of this savage but glorious pursuit,
nevertheless it shall spread like the plague
from town to town
country to country
and in the mouths of men
whose allegiances will be unbreakable
their disagreements unspeakable,
and great flying contrivances
will inhabit the skies to the sound of guttural cries,
and the consumption of the devil's brews
and all will be right with the world.