Almanac Poetry: Nathan Jones



Nathan Jones

(from an ardent fan)


It looks like Nathan Jones won’t make 300.

I must give up on such a magic dream.

He’s aging, that is true,

And can’t make the 22.

His weary body’s just run out of steam.


What a mighty warrior was Nathan!

When times were dark, he held the flame up high.

He always found the ball.

He was a hero to us all

But now, it seems, the end is drawing nigh.


Still, he has a record to be proud of;

Second only, now, to David Neitz

In number of games played.

He deserves each accolade,

Purveyor of prodigious football feats.


In truth, I think he should have been our captain earlier, and for a longer span.

Did he suffer for his tatts?

(It can’t have been his stats.)

Were they not seen as part of Melbourne’s plan?


Ah well, we needn’t have regrets for Nathan.

He’s had a most illustrious career.

If he never plays again,

He has had a mighty reign,

And filled so many Demon fans with cheer!



© Stephen Whiteside   24.07.2020




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About Stephen Whiteside

Stephen Whiteside is primarily a writer of rhyming verse. He has been writing for over thirty years, and writes for both adults and children. Many of his poems have been published in magazines and anthologies, both in Australia and overseas, or won awards. His collection of rhyming verse for children, "'The Billy That Died With Its Boots On' and Other Australian Verse", was published by Walker Books in May 2014. Stephen performs regularly at folk festivals around the country - mostly in Victoria. He is also a great fan of the Australian poet C. J. Dennis. He is a foundation member of the C. J. Dennis Society, and is closely involved in the organisation of the annual Toolangi C. J. Dennis Poetry Festival. Stephen is a long-suffering Melbourne supporter.


  1. Colin Ritchie says

    Fab tribute Stephen! You’ve got to admire players like Jones, they are the heart and soul of footy clubs. Always plays well against my Bombers!

  2. Thanks, Colin. The Allan Border of the Melbourne Football Club..

  3. Stephen well played poetry is hard to write ( shared on Melbourne fc Facebook pages has been popular)

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