Title: Elected Silence

Author: Geoff Cochrane

In: Sport 23: Spring 1999

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, November 1999

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 23: Spring 1999

Elected Silence

page 172

Elected Silence

When his breakdown occurred,
he took to wearing industrial earmuffs.
‘If I ever come right, Geoff,
we'll get pissed together
and sing some songs.’

The city is a catchment area.
An oblong Tartar god
shelters a frieze of kine.

Lying awake last night,
I listened to the cries
of the woman being screwed
by the swarthy Turk upstairs—
heartbreaking sounds, let's face it.