A Poem Inspired By That Headbutt

A poem about Zidane’s infamous head butt in the last World Cup!

The world, his No 1 fan:

Zinedine Zidane.

The game

dancer’s shame.

Why, why, did he lose his head?

Abuse his head?

What was said

that made him turn so quickly on his


The king of ball control

who lost his self-control,

can the man –

and should Zidane –

say sorry?

Did Materazzi call him Baldy?

Or say, “I’m going to poke you in the


with a French stick?”

Je ne le crois pas.

Le roi

comme ci?


L’Italien, qu’est-ce qu’il a dit à Zidane?

Soudainement, le roi n’est pas chouette.

Il est fou – mal à la tête.

Une bête noire.

C’est mauvais pour la France.


de sens.

Je commence à croire

qu’il doit dire “pardonnez- moi” avant son “au revoir”.

John Hegley


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