‘More Chelsea Than Sunderland’ was prompted by the remark of a doctor of a friend of mine, when asked to comment on his chances of survival from cancer.

It was a serendipitous moment which I must have tucked away for future use, coming upon it in a notebook once my treatment was completed. By then Chelsea had lifted the Premiership title and England had gone out of the World Cup. It seemed interesting to me to link two facets of life, the impact of which were unpredictable and capricious, and yet, like a goal once scored, apparently inevitable.

More Chelsea Than Sunderland

for Humphrey Potts

 

Your doctor’s line predicting

your survival

tickled me

 

watching Terry lift the trophy

before the World Cup

debacle

 

inevitable as May following April

thinking I should be happy

                        imagining

 

that champagne moment

from Riddance (Worple Press, 2012)