Poet Laureate of Cobourg

Hometown Hockey

Hometown Hockey
Lifelong connections
rushing with calm strength
to build community
we respect the ice.
Our town Cobourg wraps
goals for all ages
winning on bended knee
for our neighbours to rise.
Synchronizing sticks
we pound encouragement
with the percussion of proud
families chanting
between sips of hot chocolate
in finger-numbing arenas.
Circling back to cover
the coaches and the lessons
cheering a life-game series
our girls in fully dressed perseverance
before sunrise and after sunset.
Our brother plays team spirit
behind him jackets fill pews
at our mother’s funeral
the accuracy of passing
Billet sons and daughters
our international family
determining our win
in love radiating from the potluck.
Flushed faces and wet hair
swerving to target
our local heroes
in stinking wet equipment
we know anything can happen in the third period
because we are defenders
in ice storms on Chapel Street
rough and beautiful
pre-schoolers on bobskates along
the frozen sidewalk
students in schoolyards with mini-sticks
as the goalie blocks the puck
like reaching for the peanut butter on the top shelf.
It’s more than a game
snapshot swish
lightning crack
all go glissade
sharp glide to joy
red light glow
penalty slam and rebound
hard adrenaline hits
we pass, we score, we shout:
we live in a hockey town.
By Jessica Outram
Crowdsourced on Facebook and Twitter
Written for January 1, 2020
Cobourg, Ontario
Mayor’s Levee

Reading for the Mayor’s Levee: January 1, 2020

Click here to read more about the Mayor’s Levee.

Sharing the Poem with the Hometown Hockey Crowd

On Sunday, January 5th I had the honour of sharing this poem with the crowd right after the parade and just before the Hometown Hockey broadcast. What an honour!! A big thank-you to the Town of Cobourg for including me!

Photo Credit: Ashley Purdy
So thrilled that my nephew was able to join me!
So proud of Oakridge Percussion leading the parade!

Over the winter break I was interviewed by Cobourg Now. You can read the story by clicking here. It was also published in Cramahe Now and Brighton Now.


  • Mandy

    GREAT JOB TODAY JessicaπŸ™πŸ™πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ’ƒπŸΏπŸ’ƒπŸΏπŸŽΆπŸŽΆπŸ””πŸ””
    You are a natural and a beautiful addition to the TownπŸ™β€οΈπŸ™
    πŸ™ Namaste

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