No one could fail to be touched by the relationship between highly paid footballer, Jermain Defoe and the terminally ill five year old Bradley Lowry (Brad)
I have been looking into the construction of ballads and have written the following about Brad and his mate.
The Ballad of Bradley and Jermaine
There was once a fine soccer player called Jermaine Defoe,
who displayed his great skills in the city of Sunderland,
befriended Bradley Lowry a young lad he didn’t know,
from Hartlepool, a Black Cats fan, needing a helping hand.
Young Bradley and player Jermain by popular demand,
to represent the club at matches both home and away,
before terraces at Everton and Wembley they’d stand,
with love and pride before the teams entered the football fray.
Humanity across generations on field of play,
as the whole world could observe between two of God’s children,
displaying mutual respect and love on the game day,
before thousands who were awaiting the football action.
Bradley and Jermain in our hearts with great affection.
©David L Atkinson March 2017
The 'ballad' format is interesting but at times I find the metre somewhat limiting.
The story behind the poem and drawing is very touching and deserves researching.