Polly

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The Game

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The oldest game
Might be
Senet,
A board game from
Pre-dynastic Egypt,
Circa 3500 BC, or
Is it the Ancient African
Mancala?
The Royal Game of Ur,
The Game of Twenty Squares,
Another board game,
Not a bored game,
Nor a boring game,
Black and white
Markers and
Three tetrahedral,
Not cathedral,
Dice.

Senet,
Mancala,
Royal Game of Ur,
The oldest known games
Who can say
Which came first?
Were you there?
Did you see them
Playing in the square?
Games, aesthetic, ideological,
They please
Through
Structured play;
Bring grown men
To tears,
No matter
What you say,
This is indisputable.

Trying to
Reach goals,
Arguing
About rules,
Challenge,
Competition,
Interaction,
Stimulation.
Develop skills!
Exercise!
Educate,
Simulate
A work out
For
Your
Brain.
Everybody’s doing it,
Doing it, doing it.

Polly Robinson © 2012

A senet game board and pieces, from the Ancien...

A senet game board and pieces, from the Ancient Egyptian wing of the Royal Ontario Museum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Royal Game of Ur

Royal Game of Ur (Photo credit: shri_ram_r)

Mancala - African Board Game

Mancala – African Board Game (Photo credit: Nara J)

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4 thoughts on “The Game

  1. wOw
    ! ! !
    Now this is one of your best poems I’ve seen.
    {and I LOVE mancala!!!}

    Like

  2. Some great wordplay in here, love it!

    Like

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