Till The Streetlights Come On – Kit Duddy

just as Didi passed to Pele

My Name is Mr Kit Duddy I am 72 yrs of age
a former housing officer and retailer retired.

I live in East Kilbride Scotland, married
with two children and six grandchildren.

My hobby is writing poetry and I have
a poetry page on facebook/ kitspoems.
I hope you enjoy this poem which was
inspired by a painting by Danny Abrahams,
shown by Cheshire Galleries on facebook
of young boys playing football in the
street as the streetlights came on.

Till the Streetlights
Come on

And we played the game
while the ball was there,
and our mothers were
sleeping in their chair.

Yesterday’s soiled, were on
the washing line, bairns in
their pram and dinner on the
mind.

Seated there to even a seam,
caught by exhaustion and love’s
young dream. Mills and Boon was
never quite what it seemed.


As the score climbed higher and
disputes were shed, united had
won but not time for bed, so best
out of twenty five instead.

Yet the smirr of rain that wet their
heads, never seems to dull the side
who’d led, and as mother scrambled
out to save her line, street lights were
out so all was fine.

Then the flicker of yellow crossed
the glass just as Didi passed to Pele
who scored the last.

Match ball was presented, the
owner took it home,
and more than the scoreline that
night had grown.

Kit Duddy
kitspoems.
Inspired by
The artist
Danny Abrahams
Cheshire Art Galle
Thank you for reading.

Kit Duddy

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