An Afternoon with A Young Football Squad

“All those thoughts came and went like wind…”

I wonder as well…


One had gone out for an afternoon walk, somehow got quite far, lost in thought. It must have been dark and gloomy thoughts as one could not recall them but remember one’s physically and mentally tired state instead.

It had been a windy yet strangely bright afternoon. One had been expecting at least a cloudy sky. These past months, the afternoons had almost always rained.

A turn took one to another sight.

Practice, practice, practice!
Play on young ones!

Why can’t it be as simple as this? One thought as one observed the scene before one. Young and tiny football players lined up to have a go at scoring a goal.

“Because you make it complicated.”

And as if on cue, one’s ears began to pick some of the podcast’s catchphrases. Post-industrial world. Economic value. Ether. Paradox. Brainwashing.

“Start listening… Really listen…”

One removed the earphones, paused the player, closed one eyes, and began to realign to the sounds around one.

Laughter. Cheers. Instructions. Disappointed cries whenever the ball missed the goalpost. Some curses.

And smiles. I can hear smiles.

A response to Optimistic.


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