Soccer superstar David Beckham has inspired countless projects over the years. He leant his name to the popular art-house film “Bend It Like Beckham.” He inspired two men’s colognes: “Intimately Beckham” and “Pure Instinct.” His prowess on the soccer field has inspired countless children to take up the sport. And his heartfelt charity work for causes such as UNICEF, AIDS, cancer research and malaria prevention serves as an inspiration to us all.
So it should come as no surprise that Beckham is once again playing the muse. England’s Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy was so moved by the sight of Beckham crying out in pain when he recently tore his Achilles’ tendon, that she wrote a poem about the injured athlete. Duffy blends the mythical story of the ancient Greek hero Achilles into her ode to the fallen British athlete, while also including references to Beckham’s numerous tattoos, impeccable fashion sense, and wife Posh Spice.
Poetry lovers might find it hard to imagine former British Laureates William Wordsworth, Alfred Tennyson and Ted Hughes taking up their pens to pay tribute to the likes of Beckham. But Duffy is a writer of the 21st century, and she understands the power of pop culture. What’s more, she’s not the first verse-maker to be inspired by the former captain of the British national soccer team. Multiple song writers have penned ditties about David, including the memorable tunes “Million Dollar Shoes,” “My Name is David Beckham,” and “David Beckham Wears a Magic Hat.”
It would seem that the only time Beckham DIDN’T serve as a muse was when the Los Angeles Galaxy hired him away from the Real Madrid in an ill-fated attempt to popularize professional soccer in the United States. Some tasks apparently remain beyond even David Beckham’s considerable inspirational talents.