It’s football season. Time to toss the ball around in the backyard, tailgate, and head down to the big game. Whether you're a high school, college, or an NFL fan, these poems will help you get ready for the season.
Poems about street games, high school hijinks, and poets among players.
In the huddle you said “Go long—get open”
and at the snap I took off along the right sideline
and then cut across left in a long arc
friends and I would watch them
from my porch, books of poems
lost in our laps
intoning inscrutable stanzas
as halfbacks and tackles
made out, Friday nights after football
The ball flew up toward day
and landed in night.
The whole town heads down to the stadium to sit beneath the Friday night lights.
Down the block we bend with the season:
shoes to polish for a big game,
storm windows to batten or patch.
that i would make a fine football-playing
poet, but now i know
Their sons grow suicidally beautiful
At the beginning of October,
And gallop terribly against each other’s bodies.
Even practice could be fun—
The way, say, even sepia photgraphs of old-time
All Americans could be pirates' gold
One has certain responsibilities,
one has to make choices. This isn’t right and I'm not going
to throw it.
No one was faster
than my father on the football field.
They have Immortals in a Hall of Fame,
They have the stories of the tribe, the plays
And instant replays many times replayed.
our high school quarterback become a clerk—
in the high sense.
Half their lives are spent in clouds
of condensation or the cold heat
Any minute—no guessing what might trigger it—
he could be butting your face mask and barking up your
When I woke, I found myself crying out
Latin conjugations, and the new snow falling
At the edge of a green field.
Poetry and football come together in three surprising ways.
New Arkansas Razorback linebacker Vin Ascolese pens a poem called “The Razorback” for his team.
Over at Culture Bully, Judy Mills muses and amuses on an all-poetry fantasy football team.
Ferlinghetti’s renewed love for the San Francisco 49ers.