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MY OFFENSIVE SCARF

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With the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act now looking to be taking it’s dying breaths – until the scottish gov impose strict liability – CQN’s poet Kevin Graham tries to capture what it is has been like under the OBA for the average Celtic supporter…

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MY OFFENSIVE SCARF – by Kevin Graham

As I grab my scarf

from the place it’s lovingly kept

decide what knot

will hang round my neck

walk out the door

to be become a suspect.

 

That I will offend someone,

somewhere

cause I’ve decided

what scarf to wear

meeting my friends

and paying bus fare.

 

As we travel

we can’t have a beer

cause wearing a scarf

is something to fear

It will cause me to sing

what you don’t want to hear.

 

At a stadium

entered with an overpriced ticket

canny buy a pint

standing is prohibit

details stored

as a potential trial exhibit.

 

As I’m filmed

eating my pie,

discussing defeats

or players gone by

celebrating a goal

or rueing chances denied.

 

I may offend

in the same clothes I wore

that morning,

when I went through the door

to the cashline

and trainers on the bookies floor.

 

But without the scarf

I’m not a danger

to societies fabric

or a potential major

criminal, as I’m showing

no signs of bad behaviour.

 

As my scarf is lying

where it’s lovingly kept

a criminal noose

not round my neck

only football fans are suspects.

Written by Kevin Graham for CQN

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