The Game of Poetry


The Game of Poetry


The judges seem to abhor my Irish lore

And found my transition From White to Black a bit of a bore

Even my Thoughts for the Holidays escaped their attention

No winners among them, not even an honorable mention

But alas I write on dear friends and pay it no matter

With Forums to read with all of their chatter

My poetic friends are the reason I stay

Reading their poems each and every day

With a new year clearly in sight

 I pray I will not become contrite

For to remain poetically polite

To me just seems to be right

So I bid my friends good cheer

With best wishes for the New Year

May the good poems rise like cream to the top

On this poetry site we refer to as OP


©Copyright Charlie Gragg, December 23, 2010

Happy New Year to All






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MindNumbing commented on The Game of Poetry


Ahh... the forum discussion that I've avoided so carefully :) I'll just say this. Anyone who is here solely to win a contest, is here for the wrong reasons. Yes, the contest should be tweaked and improved upon, but I love this site. I love the 'family' that I've inherited here and I wouldn't walk away from it for anything. Thanks for being part of that family, Hampton :) Happy New Year to you!



Thank you and Happy New Year to you as well.

ginga commented on The Game of Poetry


Charlie, You always know how to have a good time and give good cheer to all poets here on OP. May you have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year too. tty for the comic relief. ginga



Thank you my dear and may good fortune come your way in the new year.

Olan01 commented on The Game of Poetry


I have read you "Jimmy O' Fallon" series and there are none better, my friend. I was reading them to a friend, a non-poetry lover, on the way to the doctors one day and in the waiting room the nurse called my name. My friend turn to me and said, "Leave that book here," and snatched it from my hand. When I had returned to the waiting room the book was nicely closed beside her. I ask her if she enjoyed it and she said, "I read the entire O'Fallon poem series and that Jimmy better hang on to his pecker." That is one down and millions of poetry haters to convert, my friend. It is never about the competition or gaining favors; it is in the fellowship of brilliant minds, like yours that makes this site my home on the web. Love, peace and freedom for the New Year and forever. Olan.



Your kind feedback about Jimmy and his adventures is appreciated. I have a feeling that we may hear more about him sometime in the future.

HarverTomsson commented on The Game of Poetry


Just remember the lightning in the bottle you captured in "Words That Bind." All was not a loss this year. We each shared one golden week at the top. LOL Harv



Thanks for remembering. I had not forgotten and I am thankful for the recognition. The Game of Poetry was merely tongue in check. Have a wonderful holiday.

HIP13044b commented on The Game of Poetry


This is a very enjoyable write. I like the rhyme in the last line, very clever - Happy Holidays



Thank you and my best to you for the holidays.

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

Hampton’s Poems (111)

Title Comments
Title Comments
Searching 5
The Poetess 14
Nonsense 12
Solitude 18
Lame Limericks 14
Message to Papa 15
Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
The Computer From Hell 18
Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
The Mind In Motion 13
The Game of Poetry 9
Silence 55
WordSlinger 19
Holiday Thoughts 12
Sweet Mary 18
From White to Grey to Black 19
The Reckoning 12
And All of That Jazz 16
Today 25
No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
Lucky 10
You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
Saturday Night 13
Political Change? 14
The Female Gender 17
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
Remembering 11
This Web We Weave 13
The End 16
The Day the Clouds Cried 16
The Path of Life 12
My Mother Ruth 12
Humanities Challenge 14
A Cowboy's Perspective 12
July in Buda Texas 14
The OP Poets Parade 20
The Chatelaine 12
Shot Through the Heart 17
Poetry and Fine Wine 18
The Man What Am 10
The Final Beat of My Heart 16
The Rainbow of Poets 19
A Cowboy's Lament 13
Of This World I am Not 17
The Wee People 19
An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
The Scent of Love 14
Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
Memories of Times Past 13
The Dance of the Poets 20
The Confession 14
Road to Obscurity 18
Barbara 14
Shadows 15
Prescience 17
Words That Bind 54
Wondering 26
New Year News from Buda Texas 13
We Are All Witnesses 16
Christmas 25
A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
The 9 ers 24
Love Defined 27
Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
More News From Buda Texas 26
Choices 26
News from Buda, Texas 21
In Search of God 21
Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
Out of the Darkness 15
Visions from Within the Mist 18
Baseball 12
The Night Stalker 16
The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
The Sounds of Time 17
The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
Blah Blah Blah 14
One Two Three 13
Carpe Viam 11
Love in the Afternoon 13
The Moth 14
Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
The Creative Process 19
The Truth and the Tribe 19
The Long Wait. 19
Feathers 26
The Arrow 14
Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
Ghostly Images 16
Friends 11
Angels Without Wings 20
The Rider 16
Pride and Shame 18
The Winning Poet is.... 21
Memories 13
Politicians 67
Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
God's Visit 17
Poets and Poems 20
Love Thy Neighbor 13
Renewal 8
The Roar of Silence 17
Blessed Are These Days 4
Time and Space 5
Life's Journey 8
Gift To The Fallen 16
Hunger 21
The Antique Shop 30