Poems of the Week

Bad Sign

by Marshall Begel

“Tom Brady accused of ruining collectibles with shoddy autograph…”
USA Today

We’ve come, Mr. Brady, enamored and humble.
But frankly, you’ve given us cause to call, “Fumble!”

Behind every scrimmage, we fans had your back—
We’d curse any ref who permitted a sack.
Each Super Bowl win made us proud and elated.
We never suspected those balls were deflated.
Though Patriot boosters for twenty-odd years,
We rooted (discreetly) for your Buccaneers.

The fans have delivered you stature and fame—
The least you could do is to WRITE YOUR DAMN NAME!