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Recess and Scrabble

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Recess and Scrabble


Gathered at the table during recess The playground was muddy and cruddy so we had to stay inside today All the games in the game closet were taken except this one—SCRABBLE I knew we didn’t have enough time to play it because mom and dad used to sit at the kitchen table for hours Hours upon hours Lunch and supper would even pass and they would be giggling and laughing over nothing Nothing but a bunch of corny words that folks don’t even use now days After the game was over, they would disappear into their bedroom and giggle again for a while longer I remembered thinking to myself, “Who is the real kid here?” They loved this game… Well, it was my turn Everyone else had drawn their 7 tiles The worn black velvet bag had only 7 tiles left With only 15 minutes of recess to go, they kept talking and burning up the clock Just like mom and dad used to do as though time stood still I placed my tiles on the table hiding them from Stephen How is it possible that I drew an entire word? Once I drew an entire word with mom and dad when there was a snow storm They tricked me into playing all afternoon I drew E-Q-U-A-T-O-R and they thought it was a miracle Their laughter filled the room and I became an instant hero This time wasn’t so great even though I won the game in one turn I hate this word! A seven letter word that tore my entire universe apart D-I-V-O-R-C-E How ironic that I won with those seven powerful tiles There is no winning in divorce My heart bleeds My tears rush Stephen’s parents are still together He wouldn’t understand the pain All I can think of now is how much I hate divorce and how I hate SCRABBLE… Emotional embarrassment saved by the recess bell
Written for Nancy Jones' Contest~SCRABBLE~ by Gwendolen Rix 11-2-11 Honorable Mention

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  1. Date: 11/17/2011 5:53:00 AM
    A belated Congratulations on your win in Nancy's "Scrabble" contest Gwendolen. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/15/2011 8:23:00 PM
    wow, Gwendolyn. I see from comments below this got only an HM? geeez, it is such a probing analysis of life mixed with the scrabble game. I really like it.

  1. Date: 11/14/2011 10:54:00 AM
    I like the way you wove pieces of your life (or your characters) into this poem from a scrabble game. so true about divorce and powerful. anyway, great narrative. congratulations on your win!

  1. Date: 11/13/2011 11:24:00 PM
    Rix,, here you are on the winners list... congrats ~in Nancys contest, have yourself a lovely night ;-) ,.. MISS.P.D....

  1. Date: 11/13/2011 1:58:00 PM
    Congrats Gwendolen on HM for this clever composition my friend.. enjoy honor..luv..

  1. Date: 11/13/2011 1:43:00 PM
    Oh, Gwendolen, I totally love this po... just got so drawn in, and wow what a power-packed ending! Raw honest emotion turns me on, write on please, and thanks for this one and for supporting my 'test. Beauty day, namaste~N

  1. Date: 11/4/2011 9:27:00 AM
    Oh wow..., Gwendolen, this is a power packed poem for Nancy's contest. What a huge, emotional packed word this stirs...it would certainly take the fun out of any game of life, or of scrabble. Well done!

  1. Date: 11/3/2011 2:01:00 PM
    Dear Gwen, "divorce" is the seven letter word that produces no winners. I'm sorry you had to go through this. Actually, I love to play scrabble, but I have never created "equator" or known the angst you describe in this powerful entry for Nancy's contest. It all seemed rather merry at first, but then it hit hard halfway through the poem. Best wishes for success. Love, Carolyn

    Rix Avatar Gwendolen Rix
    Date: 11/15/2011 9:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    this was a fictional write..dear Carolyn. only fiction. :)
  1. Date: 11/3/2011 12:01:00 PM
    Such an emotionally strong write from you Gwen!It's amazing where you travelled within your mind to pen down such emotions!!Best wishes...

  1. Date: 11/3/2011 6:33:00 AM
    Wonderful Gwendolen. Tony

  1. Date: 11/3/2011 1:33:00 AM
    Such a powerful poem here. Wow. It was awesome. Thanks for sharing. I feel the pain of this poem immensely and that's what makes it so friggin awesome to the viewers! Keep up the EXCELLENT WORK! Always, Laura

  1. Date: 11/3/2011 12:45:00 AM
    Wow, Gwendolen! Emotionally powerful piece. I could feel your pain. Kim

  1. Date: 11/2/2011 9:47:00 PM
    ohhh, a sad but beautiful twist here, gwenie... refreshing write that ptuches the heart! winning thrills for you!! :) huggs!

    onclaud Avatar nette onclaud
    Date: 11/2/2011 9:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    *touches*