Day breaks to heavy clouds over Anfield Road,
the Sabbath beyond that echoing afternoon.
Gates opened, the faithful bring flowers,
wreaths, notes … sisters, mothers, fathers
weeping, placing them in the goalmouth,
the eighteen-yard box, past the halfway line.
You’d think for all the world it’d snowed.
Then one man, making no fuss, steps up,
sits down two teddy bears, gifted by his kids –
a man who’s performed miracles on this field,
resurrected hopes. Who’ll pay his respects
to every one, not in duty’s name, but love’s.
They supported Liverpool Football Club.
It’s the turn of the Club to support them.
26 years ago today, 96 children, men and women lost their lives at Hillsborough. We will never forget them. The thoughts of all Liverpool Football Club fans, as always, are with the 96, their families, survivors and all affected by the tragedy.
poem by Ben Wilkinson
first published in the Official Liverpool FC Magazine, issue 27, November 2014
from the sequence 'Kopite Sonnets', written with support from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.