An Ode to International Breaks

Fall Leaves
A young man will stand
His posture straight and grand
Looking towards the sky
And though he’ll not ask why
Thousands will scream his name
Some in joy, others in shame
He sports the precious number ten
Perhaps he’s the greatest there’s ever been
Perhaps he’s just a boy playing a game.

He’ll catch a ball with his feet
Defenders will twirl and have a seat
Vexed, perplexed, and cross-eyed
Shrugging as if to say “Well, I tried,”
But the poor defender will hear
The fans laugh and jeer
As our hero jukes then stutters
While more defenders fall in clutters
This time, the fans will start to cheer.

The goalie stands still and straight
“Maybe he won’t see me till it’s too late!”
But the young man has already seen him
And the goalie’s chances go to none from slim
He lines up a solid blast
The ball is off his foot so fast!
There it goes, quickly curving
It’s weaving and wobbling and swerving
And it smacks the net at last.

I feel like I’m about to have a heart attack
I pause and rewind it back
What a run, what a move, what a play,
I could watch this video all day
There’s nothing else on after all
And it’s raining out ’cause it’s Fall
Oh, damn you international break
What rumors and news mockeries you make
Perhaps I’ll go outside with my own ball.

Open thread below, folks.

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Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in the greater New York City area with his wife and daughter.


  1. Kxevin
    November 12, 2009

    Holy shit….poetry! I’m done for. Hector and I must bow down in the presence of greatness.

  2. November 12, 2009

    Now how will you rate that, Kevin? 😀

    Surprising excellence, Isaiah.

    • Kxevin
      November 12, 2009

      9, Ramzi. I have to give him something to aspire to. 😀

  3. November 12, 2009

    if that ‘young man’ is bojan, he’ll give it a 2!

    just kidding!

    but for real, if you were to rate Guit as cancer to the team would he be:

    a) terminal brain cancer
    b) early stage colon cancer
    c) melanoma easily removed with outpatient surgery

    • November 12, 2009

      *fail* i meant Guti

      we need the ability to edit posts!

    • Blow-Granite
      November 12, 2009

      That one is easy!!! It is all three!!!!

    • Blow-Granite
      November 12, 2009

      I mean Guti has all three conditions.

    • November 12, 2009

      how is he STILL on that team, it baffles me. oh well, nothing more i like to see than the e.e. going down in flames

  4. Keano
    November 12, 2009

    Ryan babel for the left wing???

    • Blow-Granite
      November 12, 2009

      Sure, good idea!!! But Henry is the best thing that has happened to that position since sliced bread. So…now that he is returning from his injury we should keep Ryan Babel in the wannabeees list.

  5. Flippy
    November 12, 2009

    Isaiah, where is the next EL BANQUILLO? I’m impatient! But no worries, just post it already.

    • November 12, 2009

      You’re right: no worries. I’ll post it when I’m good and ready to.

  6. yogi
    November 12, 2009

    hey good work. though poetry and football is not a combination one would expect:).

    • Soto
      November 13, 2009

      Footbal IS poetry.

      So it’s expected.

  7. Corrine
    November 12, 2009

    just beautiful :’)

  8. Boat Forever
    November 12, 2009

    Too good… Can you make some thing similar for Messi’s goal against Getafe? Would love it and save it 🙂

  9. fcbfan
    November 13, 2009

    I’m late but Isaiah this is beautiful 😀

    and yes damn international breaks!

  10. Jose44
    November 13, 2009

    Can we get Hector to do one of his “analysis of a goal” for this one?

    Poetry… this blog has everything.

  11. eklavya
    November 13, 2009

    Holy shit! :O
    *jaws drops to the groud*
    this is crazy isaiah

  12. Vj
    November 13, 2009

    Whoa.. this is great..

    What will we have next? An ode to breaking the bus?

  13. Tarun
    November 17, 2009

    Brilliant piece!

  14. November 18, 2009

    I am deeply impressed

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