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In Pictures: David Beckham In Wootton Bassett For Airing Of Poet Laureate’s ‘Achilles’

by | 16th, March 2010

THE Poet Laureate has reacted to news of David Beckham’s injury by reminding us that’s she is alive and relevant by way of an ode. Day-vid has ruptured his Achilles, something that has dashed his chance of watching the World Cup from “court side”.

To honour the fallen, a parade will take place in Wootton Bassett on the afternoon of the World Cup Final. Organisers believe it will be especially poignant given that Germany will be playing Italy and all true patriots will have turned the telly off and taken to the streets.

And what more fitting poem to read out to the silent masses than poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s anthem:

Myth’s river- where his mother dipped him, fished him, a slippery golden boy flowed on, his name on its lips.
Without him, it was prophesised, they would not take Troy.
Women hid him, concealed him in girls’ sarongs; days of sweetmeats, spices, silver songs…
But when Odysseus came, with an athlete’s build, a sword and a shield, he followed him to the battlefield, the crowd’s roar,
And it was sport, not war, his charmed foot on the ball…
But then his heel, his heel, his heel…

End. Germany win on penalties…




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