Treasure Island

Shahzia Batool

(Pakistan)

Pak / India ODI


The old Rivals face to face
Each resolved to win the match
Battle-ground from start on fire

Nerves stretched and b.p high
In Pak/India ODI

Gates locked, cells are off
Meetings cancelled, schools dropped
Entertainments all forgot

Phones ring but no reply
In Pak/India ODI

Any slip they can’t afford
Catch drop is career drop
Good play, and future made

A wicket falls, here souls fly
In Pak/India ODI

Fans sit with beating hearts
Tight fists uttering prayers
Flags drawn, painted faces

First run, and shouts on sky
In Pak/India ODI

High-risks, high-stakes
House-wives prayers missed
Milk boiled, breads burnt

No proper meals just eggs fry
In Pak/India ODI

Job-men, off from office
Screens stared at, drinks in front
Cold is hot, hot is cold

State of heart goes awry
In Pak/India ODI

Ball emits the flames of fire
Match is won at start of day
Win the toss, win the match

Of no use any more try
In Pak/India ODI

Newspapers crush the players
Anchors also add the fuel
Commentators fan the fire

Bad play means cricket BYE
In Pak/India ODI

My one request to all friends
Neither take the match as battle
Nor the case of life and death

Just relax and just enjoy
In Pak/India ODI

Submitted: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Edited: Saturday, June 15, 2013

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Nitin's tweets are the source of inspiration for this write!
... a situation that never changes!

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  • Sun Shine (7/27/2013 4:10:00 AM)

    Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are still present in the cricket ground...
    The pressure people put on themselves and the rivalry between the teams is much more marked. And I think that's a good thing. As long as that rivalry remains within the spirit of competition, it con only spur everyone on.
    maza agya! ! (Report) Reply

  • Kavya . (6/17/2013 5:07:00 AM)

    hey good one...yes as u have rightly said the india pak ODI matches are givn special significance....yes n the heartbeats rise while watching the play...very aptly described in this poem...the last 2 lines are highly captivating (Report) Reply

  • R.k Das (6/17/2013 2:12:00 AM)

    'so beautifully words in this poem play
    In Pak/India ODI ''' a poetess like shahzia can can play words, spin words, fastbowl words, short pitch words, googly words, out swing words, inswing words, , square cut words, , helicaptor words, , hook words, , i enjoyed the poem thoroughly and attested the message totally, , , i was all smiles as i was reading the poem and shared this poem with some cricket lovers, , , , , , and will show the concluding lines to cricket fanatics, , am in a 'poetic fix'........ how to rate this poem, , usually i do not rate works of art, , , have never done so far, , but here i give the poem hunter poetess of the match to shahzia,10 ++++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Gulsher John (6/15/2013 10:06:00 PM)

    Hahahahahaha. Great.....you must be a commentator
    I m sure will far better than Rameez and Waseem (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (6/15/2013 7:36:00 PM)

    My one request to all friends
    Neither take the match as battle
    Nor the case of life and death
    though i dont hv interest for cricket but i agree with your advice (Report) Reply

  • Wahab Abdul (6/15/2013 1:08:00 PM)

    nice one and very interesting though in these days i do not see creekit, a poor man's disease.. (Report) Reply

  • Passionate Reader (6/15/2013 12:54:00 PM)

    I’m thrilled to read this poem. Every line is so interesting. This is one of my favourite topics as I love to watch Pak/India matches.

    A wicket falls, here souls fly
    In Pak/India ODI

    So true and lovely! ! ! ! ! ! ! The ending is apt and again with a meaningful important message that we should just relax and enjoy the game. Superb! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! yes you are right the situation will never change! ! ! :) (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (6/15/2013 12:37:00 PM)

    oooooo! what a picture you have drawn Shahzia! I'm speechless, you take me directly to the ground and make me 'see' and 'feel' everything. It's witty and intelligent description. I just ask about the score from kids so share your advice to others: 'no need to crane the necks and set b.p. on high just enjoy it's not a battlefield.'
    Your diverse genius is appreciable.10/10 (Ph code is too affected by match syndrome) :)) (Report) Reply

  • Payal Parande (6/15/2013 12:22:00 PM)

    you know in my opinion games played on national level are for entertainment and for taking your mind off your regular problem and not to create problem for your country .....so thank you for putting this in front of us in beautiful manner.....and yes just enjoy those bunch of guys playing with wooden stick and rubber ball and remember that is all it is....

    thank you for sharing ma'am (Report) Reply

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