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The Scrabble Players

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Balladeer
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0 posted 04-09-2000 11:51 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer


So there they sit. The board's set up. The squares are all in place,
A bowl of chips to munch on and a Webster's, just in case.
By day the world is not too kind. It leaves them quite ignored
But, every night, they find delight upon the Scrabble board.

A starts with LONELY....not too bad - a very worthwhile play.
B takes the "y" for MISERY. The game is underway.
A comes right back with LONGING - B uses "g" for GONE,
A takes the "e" to spell DECEIT...and so the game goes on.

There was a time, not long ago, their worlds had fewer cares
And small delights did not depend on wooden Scrabble squares.
They played the game of Risk but always lost out to the blues
And Trivial Pursuit is something they no longer choose.

A spells out CHEAT. B tries DIVORCE, a double-letter "V".
A uses CRY. B comes with CRAZY, smiling at the "Z".
The game goes on into the night, the vodka freely poured...
Unconciously, their lives spell out upon the Scrabble board.

At end of night they tally points, though why is not too clear.
No matter who has scored the most there is no winner here.
Tomorrow they will try again to overcome their cares
And find a bit of comfort in their wooden Scrabble squares.
© Copyright 2000 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Jeffrey Carter
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1 posted 04-09-2000 11:56 AM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

You sir are truly a master of story telling in poetry. I find that rarely.

                              Jeffrey
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2 posted 04-09-2000 12:12 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Balladeer~
  
~*Marge*~


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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3 posted 04-09-2000 12:19 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Jeffrey..I appreciate your words tremendously. I thank you, sir.

Marge...How do you do that????? You are the guru of graphics!!  
Corinne
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4 posted 04-09-2000 12:29 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

loved this peak into private lives, Balladeer.

Corinne

and Marge, where DO you come up with this stuff???  LOL

Seymour Tabin
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5 posted 04-09-2000 01:23 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
Your just too much. Wonderful piece.
Janet Marie
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6 posted 04-09-2000 01:29 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

Balladeer...
my friend this is GENIUS!!!
I am VERY touched by this poem...
very wisdom filled message in this piece...
so tenderly sad...laced with such bittersweet truth.
Im printing this gem out as I speak.
you are indeed SO cool  
take care, jm

 ...every moment of every day...
your still with me in every way.
every poem and song...
every rhyme and verse...
your still here...like a beautiful curse.
janet marie

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7 posted 04-09-2000 01:58 PM       View Profile for lucky   Email lucky   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lucky

Excellent dear Watson, good timing.

 
Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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You can certainly do it!  Your name is well chosen.  This is exceptional.  And, like my husband says, "he sure knows how and when to jump on a train"!

Nan
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9 posted 04-09-2000 03:16 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan



FROM BOTH OF US!!!




[This message has been edited by Nan (edited 04-09-2000).]
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10 posted 04-09-2000 04:29 PM       View Profile for Auguste   Email Auguste   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Auguste's Home Page   View IP for Auguste

Simply wonderful!  Quite inventive.  I loved it.
Mistikman
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11 posted 04-09-2000 04:30 PM       View Profile for Mistikman   Email Mistikman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mistikman

I dunno, I fail to see the humor in this that Marge does... This is an excellent and kinda heartbreaking poem Balladeer. Dark poetry suits you rather well.
Elizabeth Santos
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12 posted 04-09-2000 04:36 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Bowing to your poetic genius
This is wonderful
Liz
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13 posted 04-09-2000 04:55 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

This is masterful! Only you could take a simple game and make it into a poem about the game of life! Bravo!  
Martie
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14 posted 04-09-2000 06:27 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Balladeer, as my friend Corinne likes to say, YOU ROCK!!!!
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15 posted 04-09-2000 06:45 PM       View Profile for WhiteNite   Email WhiteNite   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhiteNite's Home Page   View IP for WhiteNite

Once again... wow...

I like this one a lot.  Reminds me of those sweet old married couples that play chess and checkers on their Sundays.

When I clicked on the title I thought I was in for a wierd poem and I did it mostly out of curiousty, but I'll be sure to look for your other post.

Great poem.


 "We always said it would be good to go away, someday,
but if there's nothing there to make things change,
if it's the same to you I'll just hang."  
--Matchbox20 (Hang)


[This message has been edited by WhiteNite (edited 04-09-2000).]
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16 posted 04-09-2000 07:01 PM       View Profile for Torrie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Torrie

Wow.  I really loved this poem.  It was really...Real.  You really have a great talent!
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17 posted 04-09-2000 08:17 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

You guys (and gals) are too much! My thanks to all of you wonderful people.....
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I'll just be damned if there isn't anything you can't write about, and make it sound excellent.  Scrabble of life. I enjoyed this as I enjoy them all Balladeer.
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Lonely, Misery, Longing, Deceit, Cheat, Divorce, Cry, Crazy....

Damn, Michael... if you were there with us, why didn't you say hi? I didn't notice you peaking over our shoulders... LOL

Wish you WERE there... really...

We had a blast!!!
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well, I can't compete with Nan and Marge, but I love the way you've woven the letters to tell this crafty tale  
Nan
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21 posted 04-10-2000 09:53 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Yeah, but...

We got pics!!

Denise
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Very creative, Balladeer!

Denise
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23 posted 04-11-2000 09:57 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Oh my goodness, lookie here,
Another piece from Balladeer!
Playin' scrabble with people's minds,
Laughin' his ass off all the time,
A letter here, a letter there,
Makin' a poem for us to share.
"Now here's a "T", that's worth 'one'
"Then "OERAG", just for fun.
I win the game cuz Balladeer,
Can't use a "Z" when spelling "beerz"
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24 posted 04-11-2000 10:00 AM       View Profile for Corazon   Email Corazon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corazon

really great writing, you hit life on the head with this one
 
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