Some good haikus on the World Cup from this week’s New Statesman competition:

Singing English fans
Embrace the art of haiku –
“Three lines on a shirt”

— R Ewing

Japan could have won
With their proven formation
Of five-seven-five

— Gordon Gwilliams

A stage for two things
That bemuse America:
Football, and the world.

— John Bevis

Autumn is early
decked in the reds and yellows
from bad referees

— Kevin Smith

Only the last contains a reference to the passing of the seasons, but they are all very fine.

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