A Quest on Overdrive … :)

An eccentric rambler on life's lessons and mercies, found and lost… :)

Naughts and Crosses


Three lines down

Three across.

Evenly spaced.

(The spaces are important, you see:

You forget that, most times.)

Lines drawn, you begin the game.

Helps, if there’s a partner

Double guessin’ ain’t much fun!

Even if you are many persons in one!

I naught, you cross

Three times, each,

Covert, overt, anticipating

Never putting them where expected

Or even where you want to.

It’s not my game

It’s what you are playing…

And yet –

Did we lay out a line of three?

Or did you cross my naught

Or maybe your line of crosses

Came to naught, when they intervened.

Cubed with naughts and crosses

The gridline is a grim graph

Where victory is a formula

You have no clue about

Yet you play, knowing full well

Them naughts and crosses

Could be more, maybe less

But, heck! The do teach you

A thing about being at the

Right place, at the right time

Bearing your cross,

Even if, inside, you’re naught 🙂


14 April, 2018, Day#14 of #NaPoWriMo, running two days late 😛


Author: Usha Pisharody

A rambler, pretends to be a teacher, loves to dream, and go on Quixotic Quests in the Realm of Romance With Life...

6 thoughts on “Naughts and Crosses

  1. This is great. I love the way it unfolds.

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  2. If you corner the corners, the game is yours
    The bit’s bit tight in engulfing jaws
    The naughts are nil
    The crosses kill
    And this comment is as cacophonic as calamitous caws!

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  3. Didn’t know there was so much in a game
    Haven’t given it so much thought I proclaim
    But being unable to box the naughts & cross together is a shame
    Why is it that winning always is the aim?

    Usha you have boxed the game with 3 lines down 3 lines across.😀

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    • Absolutely, Govind! Why is winning always the aim? Sigh. The Muse is trying to box my ears for the stuff I parade here, because she knows she’s the one going to be pulled up 😛 Thank you Govind, for your kindness 🙂

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