Don Bradman
Intonation and perspiration.
Shaping his soft hands, inching
Towards the boundary of determination:
He set the field on fire.

He resets himself and his partner,
Fixed only on the target, only on the ball,
Like each stroke of artistry was guided
By the hand of the almighty.

Moments stand statuesque,
Each heart temporarily stopped,
Spectating opponents flailing and failing
As another notch is etched into his willow.

And that roar that never dies.
The roar that flows like
Waves upon a lake
Of charged emotion.

Their adulation, admiration,
Their disbelief in his self-belief,
Prometheus, a God among men,
Delivering the promise of burning salvation.

Never forget that day
When one man rose above the roar.
Rose out of the ashes of failure:
A Phoenix from the flaming field.

Donald Bradman, Australian international cricketer, was born on this day in 1908.

Stevie Ray Vaughan, American guitarist, died today in 1990.

Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes, English Cricketer and World Cup Winner, who’s batting innings in the 3rd Ashes Test at Headingly was described as “the greatest ever played by an Englishman”.

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