"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

On Parade

The local parade ground is now a space for everyone to enjoy.

From shortly after dawn, the local youth arrive to play cricket and soccer.

Often as many as eight games are underway at the same time, with no apparent clashes or arguments over the shared space.

Bad weather hardly deters the players. And security alerts only serve to add armed police to the spectators.

During the holidays, schoolboys wait patiently for work to call the adults from their games.

For those not into sport, calisthenics may be preferred.

And if exercise seems too difficult,

One can just dress for the part and then take a gentle stroll.

Sometimes the parade ground is used by the men for whom it was created.

They take exercise seriously.

Following a high-speed arrival,

They shake a leg,

Catch their breath,

Then start again.

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4 responses

  1. Lucille

    Exactly what we look like in my Pilates class.

    May 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

  2. I presume you’re referring to the Red Army Dance Ensemble?

    May 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm

  3. Lucille

    Yes. I felt tired just watching them.

    May 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm

  4. A couple of glasses of vodka and who knows? Maybe you’d want to join them…

    May 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm

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