An adults’ game

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“Let’s play a different game,
an adults’ game
that we often play inside,
mostly when night falls,
but never dare play here
where we stand together,
as Ionians or Thebans did,”
they said and threw
all their clothes on air.

First, they looked visible
with red robes, white gowns,
black belts, night gowns,
head covers, breast covers,
ball guards and head gears
and couldn’t play such games.
Now they’ve no caps, no hats,
no gowns, no robes, no bras;
nothing but their naked bodies.

They added a few more rules,
as you see in any other game,
to their fancy-dress parade:
to tan their skin with green,
their hair with yellow,
and protruded body parts
with red, pink and gold;
and to use body language alone
during their adults’ game.

Copyright © May 16, 2019, Newton Ranaweera
Image source: Pixabay

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4 thoughts on “An adults’ game

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  2. Your poem is a great description of a game to show the truth of ourselves in the nudity of our souls, that we all belong to the same species, that we need to find the common within our differences and respect each other. How to do this? Let us for a moment take off all the things that mark our differences and show our inner selves, find the common. You beautifully describe this process here.

    Also, I like the poem structure and its flow with the different enumeration of the objects, clothes and things that mark our differences; also the contrast you establish with a new enumeration of “Now they’ve no caps, no hats,/ no gowns, no robes, no bras;/ nothing but their naked bodies.”

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    • Thank you so much, Marta, for this tremendously beautiful comment. Your following explanation/analysis, “Let us for a moment take off all the things that mark our differences and show our inner selves, find the common,” is all about what I had meant to write my lines!! Thank you again for your emphatic affirmation. 🙂

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