The Hope That Kills You 

As Scotland fail to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia I’ve written a poem to sum up how it feels to be a Scotland fan as we miss out on a major football tournament I’ve given the title The Hope That Kills You I hope you enjoy the read 
The Hope That Kills You 

It’s the hope that kills you 

we always take it to the wire 

we’re always 90 minutes from glory 

but  happy endings have been absent from our story 

for too many years 

still we’ll cheer them on

it’s just the way we are 

we’ve had tragic stories of open goals missed

the shots that hit the bar with keepers rooted to the spot 

if only it had been an inch or two lower 

or we hadn’t been ball watching 

when they scored that last minute goal

we controlled the game but never put them away

god knows we had the chances

now as we look back on the campaign

we know we should have tasted success 

but yet again it’s the same old story 

when your 90 minutes from glory 

it really is the hope that kills you. 

  © Gayle Smith 2017 

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2 thoughts on “The Hope That Kills You 

    • Hey Beth We’re kinda used to it now. Though having said that, I remember the days when we qualified for the World Cup every time. So the question for me as someone who grew up at the time of the golden generation is how do we get back to the glory years when no World Cup would be complete without Scotland ? Personally, I think as a country of just over 5 million people we need to make much more use of our diaspora community than we do. After all, its worked for the Republic of Ireland which is a country of a similar size to ourselves and I see no reason why it can’t work for us.

      Love And Best Wishes
      Gayle XXX

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