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Glen Sorestad


Rural youngsters, we grew up with a board game
called crokinole, though we never used that name.

We called it caroms because that’s what happened
to our attempts to flick the circular game piece

where we were aiming. Our checker-sized wooden
disks would ricochet off the upright pegs,

devilishly positioned on the board to thwart
all but the most eye-hand-coordinated among us.

It was frustrating then, as a pre-teen. And still is,
when our best attempts to be direct and open

with others wick off pegs and sabotage our intent.
We carom haphazardly -- through relationships,

through our lives -- upset, but aware, as others
carom around us, we are not alone in the game.

© by Glen Sorestad.
Used with the author’s permission.


Glen Sorestad is a Canadian poet, fiction writer, editor, publisher, anthologist, and public speaker. Author of more than 25 books of poetry and numerous short stories, his work has appeared in more than 70 anthologies and textbooks and his book, Selected Poems from Dancing Birches, was published in Italy in a bilingual edition. Glen has been appointed to The Order of Canada, that country's highest non-military honor, served as Saskatchewan’s first Poet Laureate from 2000 - 2004, and has given public readings of his poetry in every province of Canada, as well as in many U.S. states and many parts of Europe. Glen lives in Saskatoon with his wife, Sonia, who he claims is his "first and most enthusiastic reader and editor." Learn more about Glen here.




Post New Comment:
My finger always ended up sore from all the 'flicking'. Reading this poem, I am made aware that a gentler 'flick' would have served me better in carom and other 'games'! Great poem!!
Posted 12/02/2019 09:25 AM
Larry Schug:
Those old games were like exercises in Zen, in being intensely present. Where did the afternoon go? Thanks for a window into the past and, perhaps, a lesson, Glen.
Posted 12/02/2019 07:57 AM

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