We arrive at the green,

The green sward

Cut within and inch of its life,

So flat, so smooth,

Deviations will not happen

As the ball travels towards the hoop.



The dream is over.

There we are on the green,

Yes, it is green

But the grass has not been cut.

The weeds push through,

Becoming obstacles to the balls.

The ball is hit with a resounding thud

But barely reaches half way,

So many lumps and bumps.

So it is hit again,

It reaches the hoop,

It is going through!

But no, the final bump pushed it passed,

Passed the hoop.


The game continues,

Overcoming the obstacles

As the teams go round the hoops.

Laughter and joy abound

As the enjoyment of the game

Can be seen on the faces of all,

Of all of us as we play,

Play and enjoy,

Enjoy the wonder,

The wonder of the game,

The game of croquet.


  • Michael Edwards

    Yes it can be great fun until someone takes it too seriously and it then becomes highly competitive and the fun drains away - but I guess that's so with all kind of sports.

    • Goldfinch60

      Very true, as I have said I have played many sports by hitting a ball (or shuttlecock) with something and on the whole it has been great fun but being a competitive person in playing sport playing in a league or competition the serious face has to go on but once the match is over, in my experience, all is fun again. (To see this all you need to do is look at a rugby match, knocking seven bells out of each other but when the final whistle goes smiles and laughter abound).

    • orchidee

      A fine write Gold.

    • Neville

      Sound like a whole lotta fun... am glad you tried this particular field sport/game out... it can get a hold and become scarily addictive..... N

      • Goldfinch60

        Thank you Neville, it is fun and yes you are right it can get addictive. I had a shot yesterday but my next one is not until Saturday.

        • Neville

          enjoy my friend.. role on Saturday....

        • orchidee

          Any croquet around in 1066?

          • Goldfinch60

            'Fraid not it started in the nineteenth century.

          • dusk arising

            I was bought a croquet set as a child but the mallets and balls were weightless polythene which made it impossible to use really.
            It does sound great fun but i think i'll just stick to croquet potatoes.

            • Goldfinch60

              t is great fun but I too like croquet potatoes.

            • Fay Slimm

              How interesting you make a game I have not even seen - wishing you lots of success dear Andy when you get into the croquet-team

              • Goldfinch60

                Thank you Fay, it has really surprised me how much I am enjoying it.

              • Suresh

                Participating, starts the ball rolling (pun intended), and the intensity of fun is conversely related to the intensity of the seriousness- have fun my friend

                • Goldfinch60

                  Believe me Suresh I am having a great deal of fun playing it.

                • ANGELA & BRIAN

                  BRIAN HERE ~ Teaching over for another Day relaxing @ work with a Pot of Earl Grey ~ One can always *Brew-up* in a LAB ! (4:30 am in NZ ~ Angela fast asleep in BED I think !)
                  Love Trad Jazz always soothes my nerves. WE have a CROQUET court @ College (very Essex Middle Class ~ The Silver Surfers love it !) In Liverpool we always called it CROCK~IT (as in Davy) and we always played in DC Hats ~ no respect for Class ! Angela & I are pleased you are keeping occupied I am sure JOYCE would approve !

                  Blessings & Peace to You & Joyce
                  Love BRIAN & ANGELA๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’™

                  • Goldfinch60

                    Thank you Brian, it has really surprised me how much enjoyment I am getting from playing this game.

                  • Andrew Charles Forrest

                    LOL Sounds like you played on my Lawn Andy
                    More humps than a bag of cats
                    Great spirit in this one... lingering summer antics?

                    • Goldfinch60

                      Lingering summer antics indeed Andrew - all is fine as long as there is no snow on the croquet lawn.

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