Figures of speech

Have you ever lived a figure of speech,

one of those cliches we so often hear spoken?

Here is one that happened to me.



The rugby ball came out of the pile, a beautiful spiral

from scrum-half to fly-half and like ripples from a

stone cast into a pond the defenders came quickly

after it, each with the proper angle seeking to take

the white treasure away by brute force before we

dashed forward with it.



With an effortless flick of the wrists,  the fly-half

passed the ball my way as the first wave of defenders

sent him tumbling to the ground.  The ball hung

motionless before me, shining in the sun with the

dew glistening along the laces.  I charged forward

and took the ball in stride and cut to my right back

toward the pursuing pack and goal line, determined

to measure their will against mine.



They met me like a tidal wave, lifting me and

smashing me back into the ground with a

resounding whoosh as the air left me and the ball

tumbled merrily away.



Scrambling to my feet as defender now, I wiped

something from my cheek, then laughed as I ran

back into the fray, they had knocked the snot out

of me.

8 Comments on “Figures of speech”

  1. This is great! It is as though I am the player, experiencing the game 🙂 I love the last line, it’s so different from the tone of the rest of the post, but so fitting!

    • billgncs says:

      thanks — it is a lovely game in a savage beautiful way. On the pitch was a place where honor ruled – and dishonorable acts were quickly dealt with. Much better than the real world.

      thanks for reading

  2. Thank you for the link – such a wonderful post! Really enjoyed.

  3. […] been bucked off a horse, crashed my bicycle, been tackled so hard it knocked snot on my cheek, and had cancer surgery. But of all the blows that have landed and knocked me woozy or down, the […]

  4. Great post. I am facing a couple of these problems.

  5. Running, catching…falling…run as fast as you can and don’t look back…ever.

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