Almanac (Footy) Poetry: ‘Opportunity’ – Bill Wootton




Trace an outline

of a figure

all around

from top to toe


Now see

the space defined

by removing

that figure


Imagine that space

the negative space


on the figure


The figure is on

a football field

It is 1995



Scores all tied up

seconds to play

the figure

bursts through the centre


takes a bounce

sizes up the situation

Any score will win the game

90+, 000 fans roar


One more bounce

and he has a clear shot

Instead he passes

to Rocca in the square


Two men on him

Ball spills

Essendon clear

Siren sounds





Nathan Buckley


Bill Wootton




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Bill lives in Hepburn Springs, barracks for Collingwood and organises a weekly poem to be published in The Local, either by himself or by any of the local poets, some of whom meet regularly.

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