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The Rules of the Game

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Martie
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The Rules of the Game

The ember from a loving hearth
ignites the neighbors roof

A careless act causes
the forever change
of someone’s life

The germ hides waiting
for the tender heart
while a cold hearted man
lives to ninety

Is life a kind of death
to a miserable spirit
and death a new beginning
for a sick small body?

People forever wonder about
the rules of this game
while life and death play checkers

King me.

© Copyright 1999 Martie Odell-Ingebretsen - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 12-07-1999 09:53 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Martie,
I'm still wondering? Enjoyed the read.
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Martie, you're writing about something that really plagues me. If there are rules, I don't know them that has babies die and criminals die of old age. It's not in the cards for us to know, I guess.

er, Martie, have you gone to the birds?
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Martie -
I understand.
Very well said.
~Marge~


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I think I got this.....Life is unfair....but the after life is where the King is...And he Rules the game. King of King....Lord of Lords?  Did I get this right?

 Share what you are for you are what you share

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Wonderful.
The last line - that did it, it gave me chills.

Life is a mystery - furthered by death.

K
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I don't believe the game of life has any rules.
Nice picture by the way, you are as lovely as your poetry  
Martie
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There sure are a lot of questions for questioners like me that can't be answered, but I still ask.  Thanks everyone for the resonses.  First Knight--actually the "king me" was in connection with the game of checkers.
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Life
It isn't a game
It has no rules
Winners can lose
Losers can win
But it's far from fair
We are neither pawn
Nor player
We just are
It just is
Life
And when it's over
Is it Heaven?
Is it Hell?
Something more?
Something less?
Or just a face full of dirt!
The dead never speak
Would they tell you if they could?
Think about it!
Would you want really want to know?
Not I
Life
Live it
Love it
Move on
Only then will you know
And if you could
Would you tell?
Not I


Martie: Please excuses me for this... I read your offering and those that responded and then I just started writing in free verse. It's the first time I've ever written such... Don't know that I exactly agree with all I've said but there it is. Thanks for being my catalyst.  Again, my apologies if I've stepped on any toes.
Martie
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Thanks Scott for the poetic reply--no apologies needed at all.  I'm really glad my poem and its responses brought out such a creation.  I enjoyed reading it.  You posed some more interesting questions.
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10 posted 12-09-1999 04:44 PM       View Profile for Betty Gravitt   Email Betty Gravitt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Betty Gravitt

Martie there are no rules in the game of life. Or this is what I think. We face each day with the chances we are given. It is up to us how we play. I loved the poem.

 B Gravitt


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Great poems, Martie and Andrew! I enjoyed them!

 Denise


lostboy
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The rules are: there are no rules. That's one of the wonders of life, good or bad, you never know what's waiting around the corner. Nice work Martie.
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