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Games in Poetry: Dealing the Cards and Swinging the Bat

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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.

Reader Poll

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.

Poll

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.

References

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.

Comments

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on June 02, 2020:

In spite of global events, the nation of Nicaragua still is carrying out sporting competitions. Recently, a soccer tournament was held, according to the N.Y. Times. In essence, games are important for reducing stress, but in these times, caution is critical when engaging in activities which draw many fans. We hope for the best, preparing for the worse in all things. I appreciate your dropping by.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on October 07, 2019:

A few people have asked me about the chess board and where we shot the photo. We took that at the UNC-Chapel Hill Botanical Gardens, a beautiful place to walk around and enjoy nature. Thanks for visiting.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on September 03, 2019:

Thanks, Nell. I prefer to observe, too. Admiration

Nell Rose from England on September 02, 2019:

I love the way you have written this. Life is a game of all sorts. As for other games I love Tennis, but just watching, lol!

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on August 22, 2019:

Hi, Ms. Dora, I was surprised about cricket, too, but I can see the appeal of the game. Thanks for your visit and your pleasant comment. Always blessings to you.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 21, 2019:

All this game vocabulary and ideas are very well pieced together in your poem, ending with our desire in the game of life. Thanks also for the interesting history on games. Didn't realize that our Caribbean favorite, cricket is among the three most popular, globally. Good for trivia.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on August 21, 2019:

I'm glad you dropped by, Pamela. It's always nice to hear from fellow writers. I'm glad you liked the clues. Blessings.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on August 21, 2019:

Hi, Eric, thanks for the visit. I know with young ones in your life, you probably stay active in all types of games. Blessings.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on August 21, 2019:

Thanks, brother Sean. I appreciate the kind words and the visit. Blessings.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on August 21, 2019:

Thanks, Mary. This was fun to write. I love to play on words in my poetry, taking a cue from some of my favorite poets. Blessings.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 21, 2019:

Interesting information together with poetry. Enjoyed all the trivia you shared. I enjoy watching basketball and soccer once in a while but I don't consider myself a sports fan. Still, the information were of interest.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on August 21, 2019:

My dear brother, Tim, I loved your "game" with the words in this poem, and the way you "play" hide-and-Seek with good messages hiding through them. I always like your additional pieces of information, an excellent chance for me to learn something new. Thank you for playing with us! It was a joy! Gratitude!

Always play with Love!

Sean

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 21, 2019:

A great read friend. Interesting and entertaining.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 21, 2019:

I think your poem is so clever, and it is fun to read. At each sentence I was looking for the game clue to make sure I didn't miss one. I have played cards and many board games with my children, grandchildren and friends. I enjoyed the bit of history concerning games as well. This is a very interesting article that I enjoyed.

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