Monday, June 30, 2014

A Game of Patience

Meredith Frampton, 'A Game of Patience' 1937
Take me back to the place where time stood still…

Would each one of us were able
to read the other’s thoughts so well—
            anticipate the other’s fate...
to lay our cards out on the table,
expose what’s guarded deep within.

How discomfiting to tell
what it is you feel inside…
            Might there be something left for me?

I never knew that when we fell
then stood again, a piece was lost…

And so compelled, I now confide
no poker face; my cards exposed...
(yet through the years you’ve never shared;
            nor have I, although I’ve tried)

constrained in limbo to remain 
            ever by another’s side.

© Ginny Brannan 2014

On concept of 'love's labours lost'

Sharing at Magpie Tales #226. Image provided by Tess Kincaid, she provides the image, we the story!


  1. A poignant offering - some houses of cards are destined to fall...

  2. Love the write
    Very sincere I feel - I hope life's cards are kind to you ~ Eddie

    Clouds and Silvery Linings

  3. I loved this one - together in limbo indeed. I can relate to this in sorts with the kind of cards I've been dealt, but I've had winning streaks too!

  4. Oh dear, all cards are not made to stand tall at all! Nice magpie!

  5. if we could read each others thoughts...or if we shared our inner most thoughts...i wonder if we would be so scared...or if it would truly free us, you know....

  6. Limbo is not a place I care to be any more, but this poem tells us how we got there and I guess, how to get out, if we have the courage.

  7. Beautifully penned. A sense of loneliness and isolation in the face of (desired) company.

  8. Constrained in limbo to remain.... excellent line!

  9. "I never knew that when we fell then stood again, a piece was lost."
    Rather remarkable, IMO.

  10. There's such sadness in this. It's lovely though!

  11. It is not always good to read thoughts of others as you never know what you might find..lovely thoughts here


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