Mixed Hockey

You came down the field like a shaft from a bow;

   The vision remains with me yet.

I hastened to check you: the sequel you know:

   Alas! we unluckily met.

You rushed at the ball, whirled your stick like a flail,

   And you hit with the vigour of two:

A knight in his armour had surely turned pale,

   If he had played hockey with you.

They gathered me up, and they took me to bed;

   They called for a doctor and lint:

With ice in a bag they enveloped my head;

   My arm they enclosed in a splint.

My ankles are swelled to a terrible size;

   My shins are a wonderful blue;

I have lain here a cripple, unable to rise,

   Since the day I played hockey with you.

Yet still, in the cloud hanging o'er me so black,

   A silvery lining I spy:

A man who's unhappily laid on his back

   Can yet have a solace. May I?

An angel is woman in moments of pain,

   Sang SCOTT: clever poet, he knew:

It may, I perceive, be distinctly a gain

   To have fallen at hockey with you.

For if you’ll but nurse me (Come quickly, come now),

   If you’ll but administer balm,

And press at my bidding my feverish brow

   With a cool but affectionate palm;

If you'll sit by my side, it is possible, quite,

   That I may be induced to review

With a feeling more nearly akin to delight

   That day I played hockey with you.

First published in Punch, December 2, 1903.

Mixed Hockey - A Corner Conceded