In the Study, with the Candlestick

“How Parents Can Keep Kids Busy (and Learning) in Quarantine: as American schools close, parents are suddenly faced with the challenge of keeping their children occupied at home.” The Atlantic, March 16, 2020

 

Light catches in the dusty window, crawls with juniper shadows to night
How slow we can go. How many games we can play in one day, week, months

Cupboard forgotten cards and pawns of childhood, our own, our kids’
Sketch us just so, a study of character, the revelation and concealment

Of hands, the microdistance eyes travel to read motive, intention, alliance
Cardboard arenas of little consequence: what we do, are willing to do

To win, to lose, to anticipate and thwart another’s loss at personal cost
To play and play until everyone wins, everyone shouts YES! at least once

2020

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