Monday, 29 July 2013

A sidelines story

A six is six when umpire raises hands
in classical surrender
a six is six in the scorer’s book,
a wicket is wicket
in wicked index finger point
a wicket is wicket
in scorer’s book,
but this side and that
of six and dismissal
the bat-ball game erupts
in the colors of anticipation
the vibrant lines of celebration,
splutters in crazy wig
marks the cheek
roars like lion
groans in disbelief:
is a sidelines game;
more so
in these spectacle days.

[Inspired by the photography of Ravindra Dharmatilleka]


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