Dogs 2015

MODIFIED MONOPOLY
(10/16/15)


the games
would rage
for hours

three

four

or more
of us
vying
for a fortune

somewhere
along the line
I lost
my enthusiasm

I would buy
only railroads

or buy another
property
only to trade
for a railroad

as the others
accumulated
great holdings
my capital
would decrease
by attrition

often
the others
would let me off
rent free
if I didn't have
the payment

I became
a special case

a partial
participant

I enjoyed
my reduced
role

now
as I look
about
my meager
possessions

my sorry
savings

I realize
that my life
has mirrored
that game

I was never
all in

always
holding back
for some
reason

as if
I was afraid
to waste
what little energy
that I had
upon an enterprise
that did not fully
engage
my interests

I still
play
my part

distractedly
roll the dice

move
my token
about
the board

waiting
for a fifth side
to appear
upon this square
of life

then
you will have
my full
attention