Wear the same scarf

and the same jersey.

Expose your heart

on the same sleeve -

again, rituals matter.

They matter - bottom six,

top six, last man standing,

beating the drop,

reaching the top -

acknowledge the effort.

Use the same turnstile

and the same queue

for a pie, you’ll eat:

crust first, then the lid

again - rituals matter.

They matter – in Europe

maybe not, stop the rot

bottom six, top six -

last man standing

in the glare of live TV.

Fear the future,

grasp the chance -

practice your scream

if your neighbour stumbles

support him - rituals matter.