Peru: Dream Deferred/ Indran Amirthanayagam

What happens to a dream deferred?—Langston Hughes

They will leave the field, sad, distraught,

but not ashamed, not humiliated. They

shot more often at goal than the opponents

and hit bar and post along with kicks

that went straight to the sky.  They are

my team and I am sad this evening

for players and fans,  gracious people,

many- hued, salted, from highlands,

forest and coast, united in the quest,

the eager, desperate effort to convert

thirty-six years of playing in wilderness

into a goal or two that will help

them advance to the next round,

put off now for four more years, not

four decades, not generations grown up

without the blanquirrojo in the World Cup.

            Indran Amirthanayagam, c) June 21, 2018

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