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FOUR SCORE PLUS

By Howard Fergus

Howard Fergus


(For DRV Frank Edwards)

You spent a good time at the crease

and piled up valuable runs for Montserrat

in the real estate economy,

where we made millions

to the applause of the pavilion;

and you helped to build a local bank

to store them in

in seasons of inclement weather. 

You made valuable runs in parliament also,

gliding the ball skillfully through slips

and silly mistakes for four;

and after twenty-eight innings,

we still wanted more, but short of breath,

you got run out

after you had given the game heart and soul,

pulling the island out of the hole

with a captain innings,

and frankly, written your name

in gold, in the Montserratian Hall of fame.

We hail your entry into the pavilion,

the final time, lifting up your bat,

lifting up your bat in a sign of victory,

hoping to meet you beyond that emerald sea.

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By Howard Fergus

Howard Fergus


(For DRV Frank Edwards)

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You spent a good time at the crease

and piled up valuable runs for Montserrat

in the real estate economy,

where we made millions

to the applause of the pavilion;

and you helped to build a local bank

to store them in

in seasons of inclement weather. 

You made valuable runs in parliament also,

gliding the ball skillfully through slips

and silly mistakes for four;

and after twenty-eight innings,

we still wanted more, but short of breath,

you got run out

after you had given the game heart and soul,

pulling the island out of the hole

with a captain innings,

and frankly, written your name

in gold, in the Montserratian Hall of fame.

We hail your entry into the pavilion,

the final time, lifting up your bat,

lifting up your bat in a sign of victory,

hoping to meet you beyond that emerald sea.