The first ball

Posted on November 18, 2013

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The first ball of the first Test

First comes sport. Later on comes sex and love.
Songwriter Paul Kelly, paraphrased from The Age, April 24, 2004

The first ball of the first Test
The first rays of the summer sun
The first stroke of the willow bat
The first run

The first bounce of the first ball
The first serve of the first set
The first swing of the first club
The first rush of the first blood
The first punch of the first round
The first ball of the first Test

The first glare of the sun
In your childhood eyes
The first sand of the beach
Between your toes
The first rise of the first wave
The first plunge into deeper water
The first ball of the first Test

The first pounding of a lusting heart
The first touch of a nervous hand
The first caress of  soft skin
The first lips of a first kiss
The first ball of the first Test

The first bruise of the first pain
The first fall of bitter rain

The first bite of the first apple
The first spark of the first fire
The first drop of the first flood
The first ball of the first Test

The first cry of the new-born baby
The first step of the adventurous toddler
The first touch of the first ball
The first word of the eloquent child
The first joys of the loving parent

The first ball of the first Test
The first rays of the summer sun
The first stroke of the willow bat
The first run

 

*The extract from the 2004 Paul Kelly interview is:
Can you remember your first football?
A new football is so beautiful and so sad. Children know this. When you first touch it you know it will never feel the same again. Later on comes sex and love.

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