A Postcard for Naomi Osaka

Now with time on your hands,

I recommend the Horse Chestnut Trees

in the Place Émile Goudeau,

18th arrondissement.

Alight at Abbesses,

Metropolitan Metro line Montmartre.

The dearly departed Saint Denis,

decapitated, buried and beatified,

gave this latter day communist commune its name,

Martyrs Hill.

Something in that reminds me of you.

So whilst your are sojourning 

at Le Bateau Lavoir,

where Picasso spent his early years,

reflect on how 

blindness is their Frugal Repast.


















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S, what a wonderful tribute to a great athlete/sportswoman, and the background perfectly complements her current state of being.

Last edited 2 years ago by Bhi

An extremely original take on what it means to be in the limelight and to be vilified for standing up for your right to be.


A clever composition with a French connection: tennis at Roland Garros, the recent controversial walking out of the tournament by a top player, the topography of the host city and a reference to martyrdom. The significance of the latter seems to be ambivalent Does the author think that Osaka was victimised or is he being sarcastic in pointing out, like others have done, that she believes to be a martyr for having been unfairly treated. The style of this poem is reminiscent of that of another UKA’s poet – Nemo – who has not published for a while. BTW, did… Read more »

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