Cricket Is A Serious Thing

In politics there’s room for jest;
With frequent gibes are speeches met,
And measures which are of the best
Are themes for caustic humor yet.
E’en though the pulpiteer we fret
With sundry quiddities we fling,
We pray you never to forget
That cricket is a serious thing.

The crowd assembles at a Test,
And Hobbs at length is fairly set,
Though Gregory rocks ‘em in with zest;
The barrackers may fume and fret
When Parkin has contrived to get
Five men of ours – we feel the sting,
And give expression to regret,
For cricket is a serious thing.

They have the lead; we would arrest
A sort of rot. No epithet
Is proper, though they’ve got our best
For next to nothing, and your bet
Is good as lost. Don’t sit and sweat;
Due reverence to the problem bring.
We have a pile of runs to net –
Ah, cricket is a serious thing.

by Edward George Dyson

Comments (3)

Dear Nimal I agree with Sandra, she seems to have said it all This is very wise and very enjoyable Love duncan X
There is physical poverty and there is poverty of the spirit. The queen of France suffered from the latter condition.. Her careless words became the rallying cry for war and in the end cost her her own life. Words are very powerful. Thank you for speaking some silent poetry on behalf of those who have only a small voice to speak for themselves. Sandra
A very clever piece with a very interesting title. Susie.