John Milton Hayes

(1884-1940 / Lancashire, England)

Poems of John Milton Hayes

1. Merchandise 1/1/2004
2. My old football 1/1/2004
3. Orange peel 1/1/2004
4. The Dream Ring of the Desert 1/1/2004
5. The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God 1/3/2003
6. The Whitest Man I Know 1/1/2004
7. You know what I mean 1/1/2004

My old football

YOU can keep your antique silver and your statuettes of bronze,
Your curios and tapestries so fine,
But of all your treasures rare there is nothing to compare
With this patched up, wornout football pal o’ mine.
Just a patchedup wornout football, yet how it clings!
I live again my happier days in thoughts that football brings.
It’s got a mouth, it’s got a tongue,
And oft when we’re alone I fancy that it speaks
To me of golden youth that’s flown.

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