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Games in Poetry: Dealing the Cards and Swinging the Bat

Tim Truzy is a poet, short-story author, and he is currently working on several novels.

We always have choices, and sometimes, it seems like a game.

We always have choices, and sometimes, it seems like a game.

Game Variations

To paraphrase the legendary ice hockey player, Wayne Gretzky: There is a 100% chance you will miss a shot you never take. From birth forward, we have decisions to make for our future. For example, we understand success in school requires obtaining good grades. As adults, we recognize performing our duties will earn a paycheck on a job. In essence, these social norms, guidelines, and rules tend to give the impression we are players in continuous games.

However, we may create “games” to protect or hide our feelings, thoughts, or even habits. The unnoticed games can be rewarding or self-destructive. Much like obtaining a championship in any sport is difficult, conquering the games of life which stall true introspection and intimacy can be a struggle. The process is a constant recycling and reshuffling of choices and priorities in order to gain metaphoric and/or real medals in some manner.

Below I’ve written a poem about dealing with our games. A few expressions which arose from these activities are included along with interesting facts at the end of the article. Enjoy: “Dealing the Cards and Swinging the Bat.”

A Few Terms Which Derive from Different Games

  • An ace: Someone who is an expert at something or can make an activity appear easy. some.
  • A slam dunk: When something is done with a fancy finality, we often use this phrase.
  • A trophy “wife” (or any object): Something which demonstrates extraordinary wealth, not necessarily earned through other means.
  • End-game: This term denotes a final move, action, or concluding position on a topic resulting in a victory.
  • Game over: There are no more chances or further conversation on a subject. This expression also means someone has been figured out with regard to their motives.
  • Playing games: This phrase usually means someone isn’t being honest or sincere in an interaction.
  • Win-win: Everyone benefits from a specific situation.

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We are all pieces on someone’s board.

We are all pieces on someone’s board.

Dealing the Cards and Swinging the Bat

My birth a masterful mellow checkmate,

My death a handsome hand yet to be dealt,

Bored boards sit awaiting cheerful chairman,

Table of contents chances to my life.

Players clash and claimed a monopoly,

Shadows shake embracing duplicity,

Metering monstrous severity,

Pawns and knights in one’s reality.

Champions stripping at nude poverty,

Defenders deface decadence in wealth,

My broken back aches while bearing their load,

While shoes stomp the fox trot on my soul’s health.

Roulette wheel my number still missing,

Dice thrown astray I stare with hard snake eyes,

I’ll take the letter with the one Paul wrote,

Spin love and fortune wheel until demise.

Cavemen swinging clubs bashing at their clubs,

Car pools swimming and drowning in stiff traffic,

Cards all drawn wet from a clumsy deep deck,

Epitaph “Next!” a sobering graphic.

Shall we play a round of golf?

Shall we play a round of golf?

Love is a perfect match on tennis court,

And I’ll dunk baskets at the Mission,

But nobody is saved by safety nets,

As they battle it out in those great courts.

I’ll dance and clap when those probes make touchdowns,

Someone dropped the ball heading to the goal,

But the finish line is motions away,

Cheering life precious like silver or gold.

World sized cup overflowing with mankind,

Pass it around let thirsty people sip,

Urban jungles to all jurisdictions,

Today, have you had refreshing soul lift?

Michael was great and Ali was steel force,

Volleys tossed like rockets over high posts,

Billions paid to watch audience ecstatic,

Opposition retreats to land of ghosts.

Lord, we seek your Divine Light and Coaching,

Searching in our vessels like Sardines,

"Olly olly oxen free,”my prayer,

Hide not my heart from love mankind my team.

Touch base on the field in loving basis,

Pitch clear skies and the strength for a home run,

Networks reports star salaries silent print,

Don’t strike me out until the game is done.

Until the Great Coach tells me to sit, I’m in this thrilling event.

Until the Great Coach tells me to sit, I’m in this thrilling event.


Let's take turns on the slide!

Let's take turns on the slide!

Interesting Facts About Games

  • Board games were originally used as diplomatic gifts, to demonstrate religious significance, and for social events. The first board games typically involved bones substituting for dice. Turkey has some of the oldest game pieces which are made from stone. Most board games are believed to have originated in the Fertile Crescent and India, but the Chinese game of GO dates back to before biblical times.
  • Many of the first board games made in America during the 1700s and 1800s focused on morality. By contrast, hide-and-Seek dates back to a time of oral traditions. The game has many variations. Sardines, one of those versions of the game, involve one person hiding while others seek him/her and hide in the same place. But hop-scotch began in the Roman Empire in early Britain. Hop-scotch was created for military training. However, strategic planning sessions for conflict in the ocean by Russians led to the creation of the game, BattleshipTM.
  • MonopolyTM was used by Allied prisoners of war during World War II for fun, but often items for escape were sneaked through. Researchers believe the first team sporting activities involved racing against animals. Cricket was more popular in the press in the United States than baseball in the early 19th-century. Although baseball is more popular in the U.S. today, basketball has more followers. Lusia (Lucy) Harris was the only woman to be drafted to the all male National Basketball Association (NBA). The NBA is expanding in Africa while the American organization, NFL (National Football League), is trying to grow in European nations.
  • The three most popular global team sports in order are: soccer, cricket, and field hockey. Yet, machines are learning to play games and beating humans. Artificial intelligence algorithms have defeated some of the best players in the world in checkers, chess, games of trivia, and Go. Now, they have learned to "bluff." A machine, Pluribus, has won against some of the globe's best poker players.


Artificial Intelligence and Games. (2018). S.l.: Springer International Publishing AG.

Donovan, T. (2019). Its all a game: A short history of board games. London, England: Atlantic.

Shenk, D. (2008). The immortal game: A history of chess: Or how 32 carved pieces on a board illuminated our understanding of war, art, science, and the human brain. London: Souvenir.

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