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First Line: When I was a child we played sometimes in the dark
Last Line: When the game is over and we are put to bed.
Alternate Author Name(s): Filsinger, Ernest B., Mrs.
Subject(s): Games; Life; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


When I was a child we played sometimes in the dark;
Hide and seek in the dark is a terrible game,
With the nerves pulled tight in fear of the stealthy seeker,
With the brief exultance, and the blood in the veins like flame.

Now I see that life is a game in the dark,
A groping in shadows, a brief exultance, a dread
Of what may crouch beside us or lurk behind us,
A leaving of what we want to say unsaid,
Sure of one thing only, a long sleep
When the game is over and we are put to bed.





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