Soccer

The gifted
The Messis and Ronaldos
In a waltz of the talus
Metacarpals and phalanges.
When the choreography
Of feet, running rings around
A ball, a few inches in diameter,
To the fleet-footed music
Of foot chemistry,
When the world is at your toes
And the love of a game makes
Paupers of an island nation
Titans and Olympians,
Stranded on two arcs,
That defies everything, including gravity
To beautify an amphitheater
With the thunder of a kick
Lightning of speed,
And silky finesse
On toes.