For Phillip Hughes
No personal memories have I
only the memory of my son loving watching your games
He knows all your stats
and history as young Aussie cricketers tend to do.
On the day you passed the storms came suddenly
and hailstone the size of cricket balls
fell in the city that we lived.
I waited for my family to return
safely from abandoned cricket training
and mourned for your mother, father, brother and sister.
My memory of hospital waiting rooms
and intensive care still vivid after all these years.
My brother who loved sport
spent years in recovery
from head injuries
went from wheel chair to walking
from no speech to talking
I could sense what might lie ahead for your family
but your’s was a different fate.
The tributes for you flow
from cricketers the world over
young and old
England to India
captains to team mates
to junior cricketers
Rugby to AFL and Tennis
politicians and more.
Parents of young cricketers everywhere
feel your parents loss
and like them celebrate their children’s joy of cricket.
you were doing what you loved
and that it could never have been any other way.
The flag’s at half mast at Lords
while celebrations of character not just sporting ability are posted in your honour.
Who can tell why the good are suddenly taken.
So we #putoutourbats
say 63 never out
for he who plays in heaven’s eleven.
One day people might ask
‘What where you doing the day
Phillip Hughes went to the eternal cricket ground
in the sky?’
Many young cricketers everywhere might dedicate
their first 63’s to you.
(c) June Perkins
A special tribute to Phillip Hughes can be found HERE.