03. MUSIC INSPIRATION
Friends in America:
Red poppies everywhere. Pinned to lapels of talk show hosts.
Its meaning explained before pre-game commercial breaks
To an American audience with too many wars to observe.
Milk thistle surrounds me; such violent weeds
In glass bottles between rounds of blended scotch whisky.
Caught my arm more times than I could count.
A Belfast veteran offers us a cigarette.
Thanks us for our service.
Shrugs offs the inconvenience, stomps his foot and walks back inside.
Slurred speech like drunk comedic men in movies.
Protesting push-up contests. I mean, we can I guess. But I may puke everywhere.
Five years separated by twenty-something goals.
Home is where the heartache is, the failed career remains.
How quickly failure fades when you flee three thousand miles away.
Why didn't anyone suggest this solution before?