Childhood Games

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Our little games of hide and seek,

Ice and water,

Dog and the bone,

Dodge the ball,

We played with zeal and zest

Crowning every winner a hero,

Leaving the loser in his world of oblivion.

We may have outgrown our little childhood games,

Yet in the battlefields

We play them everyday,

With utmost earnestness.

A serious game of hide and seek with blood thirsty enemies,

Hiding and seeking for the life of our motherland,

Life threatening game of ice and water,

As we freeze and unfreeze ourselves into attack or defence,

Strategically planned moves of dog and the bone,

Fighting for the treasure we both want

As we dodge every bullet,

The way we dodged the ball.

History repeats itself,

As the winner is adorned with medals of shining gold

And the defeated sent home,

Draped in a flag,

To be forgotten,

As he enters majestically ,

The gates of Paradise,

Not just as a man,

But as a martyr.

The game of games we played everyday,

Unaware that our little games taught us

The game of life,

Life in the battlefield.

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Salute to all soldiers and martyrs, whichever land they may hail from๐Ÿ™

89 thoughts on “Childhood Games

  1. In India, soldiers deserve more respect and appreciation which they don’t get in my opinion. The soldier’s family is forgotten by the government after a soldier is martyred and doesn’t get what they deserve and are promised. Most people in India take freedom for granted.

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  2. Nostalgia โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ. I enjoyed reading this dear sister. Sweet memories of childhood. Wish to hack those lovely times if only possible. ๐Ÿ˜Š The end says it all. Beautifully penned dear Sam. โฃ๏ธโฃ๏ธ

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  3. so true, Sam. That’s how we learn and carry things into the adult battlefield, like you said. Nursery rhymes with their catchy jingles too– they seem innocent, are pleasant to the ear but some of their history is wicked.
    Your poem is precious. You do a lot of deep thinking, dear Sam. You are a real marvel already. Thanks for sharing. Keep going. Lovely, all of it.

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    • Iโ€™m touched by your very loving comment, Mam. Thank you so so very much! I truly appreciate it.
      You are so right about the wicked history behind nursery rhymes ๐Ÿ˜‰Ring a ring a roses, for instance. I donโ€™t know the meaning behind it but they say itโ€™s supposed to be very sad.

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    • Thank you so much, Mam! I never considered poetry to be my strong suite but coming from you, I shall take it seriously. ๐Ÿ˜€
      Indeed. They are the reason the country keeps going. Thank you once again, Mam! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค

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  4. Wow, a beautiful poem to read with a powerful message. How the violence of war is evolved from the simple games of our youth… This reminds me of the TV show Squid Game where classic childhood games take a bloody turn.๐Ÿ˜ณ

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      • I donโ€™t think youโ€™re missing out on much. Iโ€™m a free subscriber too and Iโ€™m happy enough with the storage space we get. My pleasure! ๐Ÿ’–

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  5. Wow – I truly love and appreciate how you began with playful mention of childhood memories and then took us into this meaningful glimpse into how we are still playing those games, but at a very serious level.

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    • Thatโ€™s the very essence of it. Thank you so very much for your wonderful comment! Truly appreciate it. I so loved your blog and found the contents to be very refreshing and unique. I left some comments in a few of them, seems like they ended up in spam. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Yes, “life is a quest and love is a quarrel”. Yes, since losing can be too damaging for our psyche, we now have “everybody is a winner”, “everybody is above average”, just to give an illusion that we are all wining. It is a win-win-win situation.

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  7. All those childhood games just upgraded. And some gone beyond the level where there is no turning back and no second chance.
    This is really wise of you to present the reality in such a powerful way.

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  9. Can’t mention childhood games now without the mention of Squid Game, and I’m glad Liz brought it up, lol. I’m actually surprised that this poem’s inspiration wasn’t from that series. Am looking forward for you to check it out and let us know what you think! And great poem, Sam!

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