HERO CUP FINAL
by Dennis Dinopoulos*
Where was I walking to?
Where was I running to in these wide and sprawling streets?
The night thick, aromatic.
I was caught in the midst this incredible current,
pushed along by sheer excitement, pumped by
an expectancy higher than the buildings enclosing me.
I was immersed in these invisible, intense, electrifying
deregulators, together with fellow disembodied spirits
on the way to life’s cradle, where potion is bequeathed
so that life my arrive at its preordained pinnacle of perfection.
This was nirvana experienced at the feet of what was once
an adopted God, created for the purpose of leisure,
but Who had since, grown in stature, with its perfectly
attuned slips, unpredictable wickets, rivaling even those
from heaven inherited, offering through static obedience
a way beyond all differences and into that
open ground of deliverance.
The divine ground. All day it had been brewing, this unseeing,
ungraspable, indefinable ecstatic bliss, palpitating as much as
an undercurrent of suppressed infernos, as one overlaying
neutralizer of all differences, in the name of one common goal:
To defeat the enemy.
Thin, vibrating voices of radio commentators pierced the thick,
aromatic night; the whole mental human space seemed like
one huge acoustic ear listening to what silence may interpret
in and above the exactness of description, now in the form of a run,
now in the shape of ‘leg before wicket’. The whole city was listening;
feverish, in agony, all with their transistors glued to their ears
praying for Kepil Dev to strike, as I hurried to Eden Gardens.
* Dennis Dinopoulos composed this poem during his visit to Calcutta in 1993 when the ‘Hero Cup’ Cricket Final between India and South Africa was taking place.
Poems by Dennis Dinopoulos published in Indika:
- Sailing to Nangapathinam, INDIKA 2016
- Πλέοντας προς το Ναγκαπαθινάμ, INΔIKA 2016 (Greek translation)
- Sarnath, INDIKA 2015
- As Dawn was Breaking Over Agra, INDIKA 2014
- Hero Cup Final, INDIKA 2013
- The Musician from New Delhi, INDIKA 2007
- Kajuraho,INDIKA 2006
- Our Lady Lakshmi, INDIKA 2005
- Victim of Life, INDIKA 2004