Almanac (Holiday Cricket) Poetry: Deano and the endless summer

 

 

Deano and the endless summer

 

 

Deano.
Lockdown Melbourne showery sun.
Still can’t visit family, friends.
No leaving a 5km radius of your house.
No calling in for a cuppa.
No school.
No work.
Time of Coronavirus Day 187 of ifyoucanworkfromhomeyoumustworkfromhome.

 

Deano.
I’m out the door and I walk the streets.
And today I am fifteen again.
No responsibilities, not a care.
Immersed in an endless summer.
Of Cold Chisel.
Of the Twelfth Man. Hoodoo Gurus. The B-52s.

 

Sun.
Sun on my back. Thongs.
Standing on the outside looking in.
Sky as big as hope.
The endless summer.
Camping.
100% Mambo and a chocolate Big M.
ABC radio through the coastal tea tree.
Hear the scratch of the batsman’s sprigs on a faraway international pitch.
The bowler’s delivery stride.
Heat.
Suntans and campground cricket.
The gelati van.
Standing on the outside looking in.

 

And I’m batting as DM Jones; stance of a horseman.
We all bat as DM Jones.
Splash of zinc.
Yellow plastic kanga cricket bat and I’m middling every damn one.
Difficult sloping wicket of weeds, sand and gravel.
Thwack.
Into the dunny block.
“Oh, that’ll end up in Coco’s!”
Thwack.
Over Lisa’s van.
“Oh, just reach out and catch it Geoffrey.”
Deano.
Thwack!
Limitless.
Laughs and crinkle-eyed smiles.

 

Bowlers enact Merv.
Or Gladstone Small.
Or Curtly.
Deano!
Thwack!
And he’s a Victorian!
Deano!
Thwack!
“Can we have a bag of chips?”
“Yeah!”
“Can we go for a swim?”
Eyesmiles.

 

Today I could walk forever.

 

R.I.P. Deano.

 

 

 

 

 

Read more from E. regnans HERE

 

Read Luke Reynolds’ tribute to Dean Jones HERE
Read Andrew Else’s tribute to Dean Jones HERE
Read Mike Sexton’s account of Dean Jones’ famous Madras (Chennai) innings, from Border’s Battlers HERE
Read Sean Mortell’s tribute to Dean Jones HERE

 

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About David Wilson

David Wilson is a writer, editor, flood forecaster and former school teacher. He writes under the name “E.regnans” at The Footy Almanac and has stories in several books. He is married and has two daughters and the four of them all live together with their dog, Pip. He finds playing the guitar a little tricky, but seems to have found a kindred instrument with the ukulele. Favourite tree: Eucalyptus regnans.

Comments

  1. Nice one ER. The death of Deano affected me. Not because I knew him or because he’s Victorian or even because he’s only a little bit older than me, but because deaths are like Autumn leaves; we don’t notice the one so much but when we look down we notice the many, and we realise what we’ve lost. Deano was part of the fabric of our youth, a fabric that’s fading and failing.

  2. I am right with you here, e.r.
    There was a time when Deano was summer.

  3. Thanks Dips and Smokie,

    I never met DM Jones either, Dips.
    Last year the Almanac published my old 1989 Ashes scrapbooks. Deano replied to one tweet about those.
    The Almanac account tweeted:
    “Fourth Test, 1989. @e_regnans is a lad. He is fastidiously keeping his #Ashes scrapbook. Remember this:”
    with a link to the article celebrating Australia claiming the Ashes.
    https://www.footyalmanac.com.au/the-ashes-1989-fourth-test-scrapbook/
    The closest I came to contact with Deano was when he replied with this:
    [email protected]_blake the very next day after that game remains a blur!! #Ashes”

    Thanks Smokie.

    Gee I loved this article that I came across on the weekend, written by Deano in 2013. About returning to F Grade at Romsey.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/how-warmups-can-help-you-make-the-f-grade-20131025-2w7dc.html?fbclid=IwAR0mArdhJ7bJZXvt_XjVV3_9mlivht6IR5IhpoLprmtzSAgT9xGVIIlgNS0

  4. Luke Reynolds says

    Beautiful words ER. I can relate to it all. DM Jones and the other heroes of my youth are still my heroes now.

    RIP Deano.

  5. Luke Reynolds says

    And how good is that Romsey F Grade story. Thanks for the link.

  6. Excellent OBP you have a way I can only envy painting a picture with words re poetry well played thank you

  7. Thanks Luke.
    Still heroes. I like that.
    Yeah – that was a very funny article from DM Jones.

    Thanks OBP. Very kind.

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