‘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
watching Terry lift the trophy
before the World Cup
inevitable as May following April
thinking I should be happy
that champagne moment
from Riddance (Worple Press, 2012)