Is it clattering music?

Or a riot in progress?

A fusillade of balls

collide with pine-wood pins

at the end of the alley.

Tucked away in a corner,

a solitary figure

pauses during training

before executing

a synchronised swing.

Bowling is a sublime art:

there’s much versatility –

Bowlers play in a world

of multiple oil patterns,

even in complete darkness.

Practice isn’t just routine,

it also builds resilience;

Hours of frustration,

to instil good habits

where players alone aren’t enough.



* Inspired by an article in The Sinday Times on 11 June 2017.


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