Sunday, September 16, 2012

Magpie Tales 135: Gaming Love

this race 

overt comfort in your skin

covertly denouncing mine 

tacking up with blinders 

shielding views (from you, 

from me);  dancing for a lark, 

this, our ritual mating game - 

I count a zero sum result 

on one life's landscape.

Venus and The Sailor, 1925, by Salvador Dali
Shared by Tess Kincaid.

Poem © 2012 R. Burnett Baker 


  1. Beautiful...I especially like "overt comfort in your skin"...delicious...

  2. dancing for a lark,
    this, our ritual mating game

    Perhaps the secret lies in taking the dancing more seriously? :) It can be a big turn on...

  3. ha def some interesting word play...the race, the dance, feeling comfortable in your skin...but a zero sum result...interesting...

  4. Agreeing with Brian, which I believe comes with age and a little less hormonal flow. These days I cultivate life, friendships, those close to me like I would a well-loved garden. I leave the dancing to those still in the hive. :)

  5. Isn't that what always happens in the mating game? but sometimes we have to take the 'blinders' off and se it for what it really is.

  6. Some guys just don't like dancing. Some don't like talking. He's in trouble if he doesn't like both. :)

  7. A ritual mating game can be exhausting given the mass of the dancers! They seem lively though! Nicely, Burnett!


  8. .. 'zero sum result' ~ what a futile game they play. Nice write, Rick.

  9. ...a ritual mating game with zero sum result.

    Now, THAT is efficient agony.


  10. Zero sum game, but never giving it goes!

  11. To be comfortable in their own skin, and still moving forward, past the zero breaking all chains....of yet another ritual in the mating game!

  12. The mating ritual played out so well