"The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Friday, April 13, 2012


He draws a card and I hope:
Anything but a 3.
Sure enough, he draws a 3.
Unlucky again,
Both of us.
Him, because he's losing.
Me, because I'm winning,
And now I have to decide
Whether to play to win or play to lose.
He needs to practice losing
But I can see his temper unraveling.
Games were never so complicated
When I was playing them for fun
And not for a child's character.

~ Tamary Shoemaker
(From a prompt at Poetic Asides to write an unlucky poem.)

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