Leaves of Turf is a game-by-game, season-long series of football verse by TWER poet lAUreate Amorak Huey. His first poem can be found here, his second here, his third here, his fourth here, his fifth here, his sixth here, his seventh here, his eight here. This week, he returns to The Bard for inspiration… for obvious reasons. See you at Toooooooomer’s.
Halloween Song for Auburn
Game 9 at Mississippi, October 30, 2010
Double, double toil and trouble;
The offense rules, the secondary struggles.
In Malzahn’s cauldron boil and bake
Legs of McCalebb, spin of Blake,
Bulk of Ziemba, hands of Darvin,
Syllables of Lutzenkirchen.
O power of Fairley, drive of Bynes –
Just get the ball back one more time.
Every game it seems stakes are doubled,
As this season’s magic boils and bubbles.
Double, double toil and trouble:
Newton run and Dyer rumble.
Rebels, Mocs, Bulldogs and Tide –
Let’s win ’em all, with Auburn pride.
Amorak Huey didn’t go to Auburn, but he did have a fake Auburn ID so he could sit in the Jordan-Hare student section throughout his college years. A graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, Amorak spent fifteen years as a newspaper reporter and editor at papers in Florida, Kentucky and Michigan. Two years ago, he left his job as assistant sports editor at The Grand Rapids Press to take a position teaching writing at Grand Valley State University. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Western Michigan University, and his poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals. He lives in East Grand Rapids, Mich., with his wife and two children. You can find him online at www.amorakhuey.net.
Are you kidding me?! Absolutely beautiful! WAAAaAAAAR Eagle! Hey! (“Little a” taking a breath.)
I was gonna say Gus Malzahn is the Shakespeare of playcalling, but maybe it’s that Shakespeare is the Gus Malzahn of playwriting.
Football Mom says
Who says football is a low-brow pursuit? The only thing that could have improved this would be a second stanza with more of Auburn’s hard-working players immortalized in verse for their efforts. Thanks!