Achilles (for David Beckham)Unclear whether "Odysseus" in this instance is John Terry or Rio Ferdinand....Myth's river- where his mother dipped him,
fished him, a slippery golden boyflowed on, his name on its lips. Without him,
it was prophesised,
they would not take Troy.
Women hid him,
concealed him in girls' sarongs; days of sweetmeats, spices, silver songs...
but when Odysseus came,
with an athlete's build, a sword and a
shield, he followed him to the battlefield, the crowd's roar,
and it was
sport, not war,
his charmed foot on the ball...
but then his
heel, his heel, his heel.