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Cricket Peru now has official poet

  Posted on: April 24th, 2011

In what has been a remarkable season for Cricket Peru, we are now delighted to have welcomed an official poet to the cricketing family. Indran Amirthanayagam is originally from Sri Lanka, where he developed his love for the game; but after a varied and interesting life, now writes poems and essays in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. He is currently employed at the US Embassy in Lima.

Here is a poem he wrote entitled, appropriately, ‘Cricket, Lima’:

 

In the mist that blows over the field

at Lima Cricket near the Pacific,

moist, cool air lets the wicket

 

breathe and the crack of bat

on ball sing like a memory

of toffee I recall, outside

 

the tuck shop, the day

Josephians played St. Peter’s

In the wet air off Beira Lake

 

and all the boys, let off early

from class, rang the ropes

with cheers: St Joseph’s

 

victory, St. Peter’s parippu;

now forty years later,

accused still of immaturity,

 

I have dressed in whites,

a sun hat, am padded

up and ready to go out

 

again into the middle

to knock four fours

and a couple of sixers

 

in half a dozen balls,

to save the side

from infamy.

              Indran Amirthanayagam, April 11, 2011

For more information about Indran and examples of his work, have a look at his blog.