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The Beehive

Well, I’m back after a bit of a hiatus, reader, but don’t think that means I haven’t been writing.  I haven’t been writing it down, that’s true, but I have been living, after all, and that is an indispensable aspect of the writing process: you have to be alive, first and foremost.  If you’re dead or otherwise insensible, you can’t do anything.  Next, you have to register your experiences—something that everyone does either consciously or subconsciously—and then you kind of have to codify your perception into comprehensible prose that accurately communicates to the reader these hardly perceptible perceptions of yours.  Only then do you write it down, a part of the process that comprises only about five percent of the process, yet we tend to attribute to it one hundred percent of the weight because—and this is at least logical—the written down stuff is the only part the audience actually gets.   They don’t see the experiences, they don’t perceive what they don’t see, and they don’t witness the author’s hours of pre-writing and editing and rewriting and final drafts—the bulk of the process, to be sure.  So, finally, have I been posting: No.  Have I been writing the blog: Yes.  But you’ll have to trust me on this since you don’t actually know what I’ve been up to or if I’ve been thinking about this blog at all.  I’m telling you right now that I’ve been considering cricket in terms of both automobile rally and thoroughbred horse racing while watching almost all of the current England v. South Africa test and taking only brief gardening/chess/PlayStation/list of work my wife wants me to complete breaks, but I could have been in a coma for the past week.  I wasn’t, though.  But you wouldn’t really know if I had been, so whatever.  Lies make better stories most of the time anyway.  But this isn’t a lie—meaning this first paragraph is just a long way of reasoning out that the rest of the post won’t be very good.

A week between blog posts, I’ve found, isn’t all that bad.  Kind of a slow burn.  It’s like a Dickens novel.  Not in extraneous length, of course—I’m talking more about the serial nature of waiting a while in between chapters rather than just publishing the whole thing in one fell swoop.  I generally favor the slow burn, and so do you, reader.  You like cricket, don’t you?  That’s the slowest of the slow burns in the most action packed way possible.  And—I’m guessing, here—you like life, which is cricket and vice-versa, you might have concluded a long time ago.  If we can compare the sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll of the NFL or any other type of professional wrestling to a fireworks show—something that can be at the same time shocking and awe-inspiring in its brief display—than the cricket would come in as a flowers in a garden—a fireworks show timed not by seconds and minutes but by days and weeks and seasons and, eventually, years.  The commencement, a, isolated, sputtering of blooms in early spring leading into the crescendo; the fertile period of late spring and early summer with orange and yellow flowers exploding everywhere you look, some low, some high, some stay in the back, and others seem to shoot toward you as they boom open, wider and wider still; and then the dramatic final act of late summer and fall where the booming summer mounds give way to the straggling, late blossoming reds and purples—not as numerous as the brilliant spring and summer bounty, but no less exciting or aesthetically pleasing in their subtle hues and their interesting heights and depths like actors on a well-written, well-set stage.  Or maybe like players on a cricket field late on the fifth day when the captain moves them in to set the trap for that last, match-winning wicket just before for the close of play would mark a draw and undercut the game’s dramatic climax with an unceremonious draw.  Cricket is a garden, and a garden is a dilatory but no less surprising fireworks show.

So let’s compare this to England v. South Africa, which just ended, by the way: England started the match with some isolated runs—a couple of shots from Cook—but then quick outs.  Soon, though, they took off and batted the way they and only a couple of other teams in the world can, at this point.  South Africa themselves then lit up the scoreboard with quite the harvest of their own before withering, fading, and dying off, after which England rose to the crease for one last hurrah before bowling out the South African men on a wicket which, by this point in the match, simply couldn’t sustain a high score from either team. 

And putting the gardening metaphor aside for a moment: the stories of the match were Joe Root’s first innings and the deterioration of the pitch which combined for what ended up turning into an easy England victory.  Root, as I said before, is under real pressure against South Africa since this test series marks the only one against top rated opposition before the Ashes commence later this year.  In like my third ever Beehive post, I criticized England’s decision to sack Cook when they did as it placed an extra stigma on Root and the team to perform against Proteus where a subpar result would mean entering the Ashes with a captain whose only series at the helm ended in defeat.  England I thought should have sacked Cook before the India series giving Root an opportunity to cut his teeth for several months and a couple of series before being thrown to the bloodthirsty Aussies, or else they should have waited for after playing South Africa this time around, in which case the naming of a new captain might buoy the sinking ship in time for their biggest battle.  Because what would happen if a Cook-led England were to beat South Africa handily?  They would have a pretty good scenario on their hands, is what: momentum heading into the Ashes behind a successful veteran captain.  Then if Cook won the Ashes, he could go out on a high, and if he lost, he could retire the captaincy and assuage some of the public sting of defeat.  But now, with Cook out of the way, what does Andrew Strauss do should the team underperform?  He can’t fire Root—that proverbial bullet has already been fired—so you enter the Ashes grasping for confidence and trying to figure out who you are under your new skipper—not a great position to be in for Strauss, England, or Root.  Now, this still turns out better than well should England dominate the rest of the series the way they did the first match, particularly if Root continues to turn in the type of performances he did in this one.  That would be the best case scenario, no doubt about it.  I just think England made this series into a must-win when it didn’t have to be.  They took a needless risk, in other words.  One that might just pay-off, mind you, but one that might backfire as well.  Then again, Strauss probably thought that a captain with the lat name Root would pave the way for a Beehive gardening metophor.

Nonetheless, the captain read the familiar Lord’s pitch well and batted out of his mind. The most likely reality here is that I don’t know what I’m talking about.


Until next time.

ketchim

Re: The Writing Process, Fireworks, Gardening, Joe Root
« Reply #1 on: 07/10/2017, 11:20 AM »
Methink all rounder Mooen Ali was the Bishop in this chess/cricket game.

his diagonal movement of the seam saw Proteas surrender in 4 days

Pay dispute may just see the Ashes scattered in the wind..

let's wait and see.
Castled ....Cricket and Chess !!

ketchim

Re: The Writing Process, Fireworks, Gardening, Joe Root
« Reply #2 on: 07/10/2017, 11:43 AM »
the last name Root would pave the way for a Beehive gardening metaphor
Root credit the Lucky seed he kept with blotting paper in his pocket!

having been let off twice, he wanna change name Joe to the acceptable Jack

of the beanstalk and prez Kennedy fame and enjoy many more towering innings !
Castled ....Cricket and Chess !!

The Beehive

Re: The Writing Process, Fireworks, Gardening, Joe Root
« Reply #3 on: 07/10/2017, 07:31 PM »
Excellent, ketchim.  Just excellent

ketchim

Re: The Writing Process, Fireworks, Gardening, Joe Root
« Reply #4 on: 07/12/2017, 04:16 PM »
Excellent, ketchim.  Just excellent
Metaphors are cool when not mixed  ;)
Castled ....Cricket and Chess !!

 

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