Game Over – a poem

Side Note:

I’m taking part in the 2014 PAD challenge, which means this is a break in what I usually post. Today’s Poem is to:

For today’s prompt, write a game over poem. Our family spent a couple months putting together a haunted house in our garage for Halloween, and now that the holiday passed, I’ve got a bit of that game over feeling. People who play video games know about game over. And people who play other games, whether baseball, Monopoly, or poker. There’s a moment in every game at which it is game over–except maybe Minecraft, which may be why it’s so popular for so many.

Instead of writing for NaNoWriMo, I’ve decided to make these poems inspired by the second draft of my work-in-progress, currently titled “Arch Villains”. It will also be posted in the PAD Challenge post.

Face Off!
Face Off!

Game Over

You move
I move
A dance macabre
that puts innocent people at risk.The same technology
Propels both of us
Weapons to harm
Weapons to save
the choice is ours.
Our ideologies are our boundaries.

You brazenly stand out
While I hide in the shadows.
Waiting for your move
I wait in stealth
Hoping for the element of surprise.
Until your hostage prevents
Me from attack.

Unmasked
the stakes increase
And the match intensifies
Until that critical move.
Check mate.
Game over.

How about you?

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This post was first published at http://heatherbutton.com 2014/11/01.

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