A Nice Couple

We’re the same
you and me

we share scraped knuckles
and grass stains

smeared with blood
dried in the sun

we play hard
you and me

we stuff our cards
like bad magicians
up one sleeve
we fool no one

and no one claps

we need new tricks
you and me

and maybe one day
we will laugh

when we’re both finally sent to jail
We Don’t Pass Go
and there’s no money

but maybe then
we’ll both agree
to end bad games.

Ingrid is today’s host for dVerse Poetics. Ingrid says: Now try your hand at writing your way out of a place of pain… In this poem I was thinking about the games couples play and what it takes to finally surrender and learn to love. Hopefully not real jail time, but maybe a time-out to acknowledge pain and begin to heal!

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Pexels.com

Published by Tricia Sankey

Plays with words in her free time.

39 thoughts on “A Nice Couple

  1. This was really good. For some reason I think it would be good lyrics to a slow building ballad with a belting chorus.

  2. Tricia, I like the format you use here. Am very familiar with those games, as both a participant and as an observer of other couples. It seems to take an awful lot of energy with very little positive return. I hope they find a way to devote their energy to simply loving each other.

  3. The idea of playing games has become so rooted in the way we think, everything has to be ‘fun’, laughter, sunshine, telling lies and pretending if the truth isn’t ‘happy’ enough. I like how this progresses from self-knowledge to an admission that there’s not necessarily going to be a happy ending.

    1. Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Jane, I think there is room for this couple to start making some decisions at the end and there is some ambiguity on what that will be. 💕

  4. This is gorgeously rendered, Tricia 😀 I love the reference to Monopoly and agree.. most of us don’t fool anyone .. because we are just not wired to. Sometimes it’s better not to play the game that everyone else is. Cheers! 💝💝

  5. Tricia,
    This reminded me so much of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” You capture the same dynamic and with the same passion.

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