This time when they played
There was no laughter to follow .
They pulled so hard the rope broke in two,
And each took their piece.
She tied hers in a knot around her waist
To display her part of their undoing.
The edges of the loose end snagged and frayed
As she let it drag like a tail behind her.
He shouted, "I was right! I won!"
She conceded without looking back,
And kept walking,
Tears streaming down her face.
She knew when he turned that critical eye on himself
He'd experience the same pain.
She realized with that pain would come grief,
And clearly there was no winner.