(Poetry) The Other Side Of The Game

Along with reams of short stories, and longer attempts at fiction, I’ve written countless poems over the decades. The bulk were written in my teens and twenties and I literally have folders full of handwritten and typewritten compositions.

I’d been threatening to put a selection into print since the mid-90’s. I remember discussing it with an old girlfriend in ’95 but a number of things always seemed to stop me. Part of that was not really being sure if I wanted to share them with the world, part was never having the time to go through what was amounting to thousands of bits of paper – ranging from typed and formatted finished compositions to hand written stanzas on the back of paper bags, or anything I had at hand when inspiration hit.

A few years ago I finally got round to sorting out a collection and published them under the title “Wild Card Symphonies”. Consisting of three smaller volumes of my work, “Wild Card Symphonies”, “Cry To Me”, and “This Graveyard Heart”, the book totaled just over 120 poems. You can buy a copy (plug plug) through Lulu on one of the links at the bottom of the page if you like what you read and want to have more.

The Other Side Of The Game

Stop staring at me with that look,

I don’t like what I’m seeing in your eyes.

You know I can’t

But I don’t know that until it’s too late.

I should stop and think

But you won’t give me the time,

You’re high on speed and taking me with you.

You know what you want and you’re taking me down.

I know what I’m doing but I can’t say no

So take me down and I’m praying it’s quick.

I’d say something if I could remember your name

But I don’t even recognise your face,

Or the tattoo through your lace.

It somehow feels familiar

Like you’ve done this before,

Like you’ve got it all planned out

And your moves are well rehearsed.

I wish you’d stop looking at me

You know I won’t be able to refuse,

Although I only know that too late.

You want to make me go down

And like a slave I follow your command.

And you perform another scene

In your play of life.

(THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME; By A R J ABRANSON; 23-06-95/20:04)

My poetry anthology, Wild Card Symphonies, is available to buy now on Lulu in both Softcover and Dust Jacket Hardcover.

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Wild Card Symphonies, Cry To Me & This Graveyard Heart are Copyright ©2015, Angus Abranson. All rights reserved.
Cover design by George C. Cotronis (Ravenkult Studios, www.ravenkult.com) Copyright © 2015 Angus Abranson
The moral right of the author has been asserted.
No reproduction in part or in whole without prior written permission from the author of the copyright owner.

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