Retrieving the Footy from the Tree

I climb the neighbour’s back veranda
and shake their precious jacaranda
until I hear the thrilling sound
of leather landing on the ground.





This poem also appears in Strange Game in a Strange Land, a collection of short, playful poems about Australian Rules Football, which you can purchase HERE.





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About Damian Balassone

Damian Balassone is a failed half-forward flanker who writes poetry. He is the author of 'Strange Game in a Strange Land'.


  1. Kevin Densley says

    That sound of a stuck footy hitting the ground from a considerable height is certainly a distinctive one, DB, and something I remember from childhood.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    I suppose I should have said: “The sound of a dislodged footy hitting the ground from a considerable height …” You know what I mean, anyway!

  3. DBalassone says

    It’s a sweet sound. A bit like when your pick gets stuck in the acoustic guitar, and you shake the thing like crazy until you finally hear it hit he floor.

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