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Playing Games


My mind,

it’s playing games on me.

Will it win?

Well, we shall see.


It cries out ‘Chicken’

all the time

when of sublime

there is no sign.

Every moment

tries my nerve,

makes me desire

to take a swerve.

I’ve got to hold

onto my horses

for the loser - well,

who changes courses.


How about

a different one?

Truth or Dare’

could be such fun!

Truth’ will show me

painful things

to swallow me up

with what it brings.

The images swing

with mighty blows,

and as I duck

Truth’ surely crows.

Dare’ screams out

You can escape!

You know the steps,

won’t dare to take

the best way forward,


Hurry  or I'll

slam the gate.”


Hide and Seek’

but not for kids,

this one will lift

so many lids.

For hiding,

it’s so hard to do

when the seeker

dwells in you.

And yet when roles

reversed, become;

the hider is

the powerful one.

Answers run

they flee and hide,

this game’s become

one hellish ride.


My mind,

it loves to play these games,

and with malignancy

it aims

to tear me down

in sheer defeat

for this opponent

I can’t beat.





Submitted: May 09, 2020

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Mike S.

Sad but excellent, Hull!

Sat, May 9th, 2020 6:57pm


Thanks, Mike.

Sat, May 9th, 2020 12:09pm

Compass Girl

A hard place to be, hull. I can relate.

Sun, May 10th, 2020 3:59am


Thanks for reading, Compass Girl.

Sun, May 10th, 2020 4:47am

Sue Harris

The mind is a powerful force, whether it be friend or foe... I've been fighting mine my entire life! Brilliant poem, Hully

Sun, May 10th, 2020 10:32pm


Me too, Sue. Thanks for reading.

Mon, May 11th, 2020 11:59am

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