Yesterdays players are a memory that fades
Replaced by modern wielders of the skilful cue
Billiards was a game of grace and
Now the game is no longer played so much
What were they like these famous men, who
stood for hours in the publics gaze?
They fought long and hard to
make a living from concentrated effort on the green baize.
They had other lives away from the table
Some of them were probably anything but stable?
The heyday of Billiards saw two world wars I
The effects on everyones lives were far from small
Joe Davis toured giving troops a lift
Tricks and humour were his gift
Some film survives of the greats in play.
They seemed fast and sure, no feet of clay
I collect their cues, books and memorabilia
With my writing I hope their memory will not fall into
The modern player has unrivalled skill no
But for me the stars of the thirties had more clout.
If you get the chance to see them demonstrate
On video or film you will be transfixed from the start
I hope that you might look back with
At the men who for generations so impressed