PROMPT #184 – GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

Game of Chess ca. 1990s

We’ve all played games at some times in our lives. I’m not talking “mind games”. I’m thinking you may have a favorite card game. Or you like to participate in board games. Being poets, we are adept at wordplay and word games. Puzzles (crosswords, anacrostics, sudoka, word search…) are an enjoyable pastime. There are games of chance…Competitive Team Games…Computer games?

Choose any game as the title of your poem and write a poem (that has absolutely NOTHING to do with the game of your choice). Just use your poetic voice and quit playing games.

SARA’S GAME:

SCRABBLE (Desperately Seeking Q)

Does Scrabble scramble your brain?
Are you trained to think slowly,
methodically? Maybe you quit
early because there are not quite
enough words you can think of
quickly. Well don’t quake
in your boots, thinking you are not
smart enough to be quizzed
on your vocabulary. Your qi may
not be up to par. Quash those notions
of not being smart enough.
Instead, remember this quote:

“Nobody can make you feel
inferior without your consent”
(Eleanor Roosevelt)

We all have many fine qualities.
If you ask questions,
you will find answers.

WALTER’S GAME:

CHARADES

When we play our charades,
we think we’re fooling each other.
But, pretending only works if you believe.

Troubled hearts become good
at keeping words to a minimum.
When we play our charades

we get caught in these wordless duels.
Our objections often get overruled and
we think we’re fooling each other.

Our actions do not reveal all that we feel,
and we try to deal with very little relief.
But, pretending only works if you believe.

© Walter J. Wojtanik – 2016

 

**For some reason, Charades was the game that came to mind (though I’ve never played) and it felt right to write “Charades”as a Cascade poem.

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