The game’s the thing

(And here the faithful waver, the faithless fable and miss).  (Gerard Manley Hopkins)

Sitting down, today,
to write straight out, unthinking …
I couldn’t finish.

Funny, isn’t it,
how easy it is sometimes …
no trouble at all.

The Hopkins line — from his wonderful poem, The Wreck of the Deutschland (1918) — came to mind, earlier today, as I sat staring at the haiku I couldn’t complete:

Illusion buckles,
teeters, trembles, topples, falls …

There are games we have no possibility of winning … but we still enjoy to play, don’t we?


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