Competition

I woke up full of regret
because I’d screamed
during family game night
about how my sister
couldn’t use the extra dice
I accidentally rolled
in her move to win the game
but nobody agreed with me
or even rose to the challenge
of arguing with me
and I was left ashamed
for raising my voice,
for caring too much,
and when I woke up
I realized last night
was Wednesday
and I must have been dreaming
but what does that indicate
about me that I perceive
myself that way?

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Monday, I’d say

just because it’s dumb
doesn’t mean it isn’t true
sometimes the wrong
thing is right
Isn’t that wild?

one thing turns out
to be twenty
a medusa
of problems
Trouble, the butler
announces
as they swish
into the parlor