The Games We Used to Play, by Viv Blake

The Games We Used to Play,
by Viv Blake

Plainsy, clapsy,
round the world
to backsy, with a ball
against the wall.

Hopscotch and skipping games,
ball games, marbles and the like
all out in the playground
in healthy cold fresh air.
Pontoon, rummy or Monopoly
On rainy days indoors.

Cowboys and Indians,
camping on the island.
Growing up to team games
like rugby touch and rounders
and flirting round the bike sheds.

Years of Bridge, and adult games
like chess, Mah Jong and Scrabble
before the babies came
with patacake
and this little piggy went to school,
to repeat the whole rigmarole.

Plainsy, clapsy,
round the world
to backsy, with a ball
against the wall…

 

Viv Blake is a late-developing poet and quilter living in rural France, recently published in  The Book of Love and Loss, and in the first issue of Gnarled Oak. Her work may be read at http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com

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