Stephen Katona

Silver Star - 3,283 Points (26th November 1970 / Manchester, UK)

Paul The Octopus And His World Cup Success - Poem by Stephen Katona

A common octopus called Paul,
Became famous in the world of football,
When he managed to guess,
Team Germany's success,
At the World Cup in 2010,
Over and over again.

Like all of his kind,
He was colour blind,
But liked shapes well defined,
Choosing Germany, Serbia and Spain,
Whose flags all contain,
Horizontal layers,
When he knew nothing of players.

Perhaps stripes Gold, Red and Black,
Reminded him of a favourite snack.
So it turns out it was only chance,
That told him who would advance.

Topic(s) of this poem: Animals


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I wrote this poem at the same time as some other octopus poems not thinking how relevant it was for the world cup. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw google had used Paul as part of their animation on the same day I'd decided to upload it.

Comments about Paul The Octopus And His World Cup Success by Stephen Katona

  • Stephen W (8/13/2014 5:56:00 PM)


    Doh! You spoiled my fun! I thought Paul was psychic: -) (Report) Reply

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  • Jeffrey Tillery Jeffrey Tillery (7/14/2014 11:38:00 PM)


    True then, better in 2014! (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur Amitava Sur (6/22/2014 8:15:00 PM)


    Enjoyed reading the poem, picked up a very interesting side of innocent Paul the great in 2010 (Report) Reply

    Stephen Katona Stephen Katona (6/22/2014 8:53:00 PM)

    Thank you Amitava, Sunprincess, Colleen and Neela.

  • * Sunprincess * (6/22/2014 3:54:00 PM)


    ............enjoyed reading this fun write....and congratulations on poem of the day..... (Report) Reply

  • Colleen Courtney (6/22/2014 7:59:00 AM)


    Congrats on not just another wonderful animated poem but on attaining two great successes! Google and Poem Of The Day! Am honored to call you friend! (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath Das Neela Nath Das (6/22/2014 7:44:00 AM)


    Very relevant poem.Congrats! (Report) Reply

  • Susy Evelyne (6/17/2014 9:33:00 AM)


    Brilliant, Paul. Enjoyed this very much. (Report) Reply

    Stephen Katona Stephen Katona (6/17/2014 10:26:00 AM)

    Thank you Susy. Now where is my fan poster of Paul now...?

  • Gajanan Mishra Gajanan Mishra (6/17/2014 9:28:00 AM)


    know nothing of players, good writing, thanks. (Report) Reply

    Stephen Katona Stephen Katona (6/17/2014 10:27:00 AM)

    Thank you Gajanan. I hope it made you smile.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Poem Edited: Wednesday, June 18, 2014


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