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game over
by anne cunningham
Thursday, July 08, 2004
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game over

as i child,
i received
a chinese jumprope,
adequate length
to stretch
and encompass
the legs of
a companion,
in tandem,
enabling another
close chum
to jump.

a slap
to my face,
far in the sticks,
i had no
anywhere near
close enough
to make
owning such
a rope
in the least.

decades later,
twice shy,
i feel as if
this same rope
ties me to
more than i
bargained for,
connecting me
to a less than
likely bunch
of bullshit.

i wish now,
to remove
my trapped legs
tight to slack,
all others,
as they fall,
while i retreat
to a shady spot
to play
cat's cradle
in solitude.



I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.  We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.  ~Henry David Thoreau, "Solitude," Walden, 1854


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Reviewed by Tami Ryan 8/29/2004
Yes! I like this, and I think most of us would concur.
Reviewed by Dan Zuewski (Reader) 7/19/2004
I didn't have many friends growing up either... none that were constant companions... I used my imagination more often than not... Having a friend over was a luxury... yeah... I had my own equivalent of your chinese jumprope scenario... great writing, as always :)
Reviewed by jude forese 7/12/2004
in solitude we are surrounded by everything ... creative write!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/8/2004
One of my best friends is solitude and you really described her well in this lovely creative piece, Anne. Thank you. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 7/8/2004
Perhaps one should embrace those moments or periods of solitude, as this can be the sustenance of poetry.
Best regards,
Reviewed by Martin Hebert 7/8/2004
solitude~~i know well~~great poem~~martin
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