Friday, 30 September 2016

Winning or Losing?

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Quarreling spouses beware
don't be like India- Pakistan
and the game of hockey, "the national game"
when changes were proposed in  the rules of the game
both agreed, secretly happy
that the other would suffer....

Yet it was not one
but both who were hit
when artificial synthetic fiber turfs
replaced the fields of natural grass

What suffered most though
was the game of hockey itself
as art and artistry of
the subcontinent on field
gave way to the speed
and stamina of the Europeans!

The change in ball and sticks
meant economic losses as well
as overnight the manufacturing hub
of the game's sports equipment
moved from east to west!

In families, it is the very institution
that gets hit and suffer when spouses
subtly encourage children to disregard
ignore, disrespect the other parent

Children can play one against the other
to have their way, if demands turned down
spouse  thinks that he or she has won
when in fact  as a unit, collectively
they have lost miserably...

Note: The introduction of synthetic surfaces has significantly changed the sport of field hockey. Since its introduction in the 1970s, competitions in western countries are mostly played on artificial surfaces. This has increased the speed of the game considerably, and changed the shape of hockey sticks to allow for different techniques, such as reverse stick trapping and hitting.


  1. A good coverage on a topic less tread upon in poetic words

  2. Well-written.
    Please leave a direct link to your blog on your gravatar so it is easy to comment back-- I googled you to find your blog via indiblogger, after you left a comment on my blog :)


  3. Thank you so much Damayanti! I am still not very tech savvy.Will see what can be done...

  4. Excellent metaphor. The comparison is complete.