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He’s Out! – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Quadrille

Lillian at dVerse has invited us to write a quadrille (44 words) on – silly.


Photo: Found on Flickr

I played cricket at school and club cricket for a short time, backyard was my best game 🙂 The photo shows a fielder evading the ball, for good reason! The fielder is at silly mid-on.

Rough notes: An over is six consecutive deliveries bowled to a batsman. A maiden over is an over where the batsman makes no score. A googly is a deceptive delivery (off-spin instead of leg-spin). Stumped means the batsman is out by means of the wicket-keeper claiming the wicket while the batsman is out of his crease or safe zone. Slip is a fielding position behind the batsman. Square leg is just behind where silly mid-on is shown in the photo, sometimes known as suicide position.


“I understand cricket – what’s going on, the scoring – I can’t understand why.”  Bill Bryson

He’s Out!

The man with the ball
was exemplary,
bowling a maiden over,
the batsman was stumped
when he missed the googly,
the man at silly mid-off
was battered and bruised,
like the few in the slips,
while the one at short leg
cried, he’s out!

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com


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