The Power Game

Abby Kesington 1979 (Lagos)

In the game of love, we dance on life’s battlefield,
In the silent spaces where frustrations yield.
He, a lion, exudes dominance and might,
While I, a deer, caught in his gaze, take flight.

His presence, a predator’s stealthy stare,
I feign stillness, as if caught unaware.
Pretending submission, a delicate charade,
In this intricate dance, love’s game is played.

I try to wriggle free from his tight embrace,
But he pins me down, claiming all is fair game!
“I'll be gentle,” he purrs with a sly grin.
Stroking my head with his tongue's cunning spin.

Salivating, ready to cut through my vein,
My hind feet kicks fiercely, breaking his reign.
In that moment, survival trumps the dance,
Love's game now a fight, a wild, desperate chance.

The lion, surprised, retreats in dismay,
As the deer stands firm, finding her own way."

About this poem

Borne out of an unsavvy experience. Where you are trapped, and your instinct is all you have as a way of escape.....

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Written on April 08, 2024

Submitted by Abbykesington on April 08, 2024

Modified by Abbykesington on April 08, 2024

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 844
Words 165
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 2

Abby Kesington

Abby Kesington blends her Nigerian roots with her adopted Texan home, infusing her poetry with cultural richness. Formerly a journalist in Lagos, she graces Houston's poetry scene with her eloquence. With degrees in Political Science from prestigious Nigerian universities, she champions equality and fights against discrimination worldwide. more…

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  • alanswansea18
    Thank you for the vote. I could never compete with your poems.
    LikeReply 11 month ago
    • Abbykesington
      It's never a competition of poems. Rather a circus where words are performed and readers like spectators, marvel. Please continue to write and inspire people like me.
      LikeReply1 month ago
    • alanswansea18
      no I know it's whatever's in someone's heart.
      LikeReply 11 month ago
  • judith_g
    Very interesting, the dance.
    LikeReply 13 months ago
  • amandak.45897
    Beautifully written ❤️
    LikeReply3 months ago
    • Abbykesington
      Thank you. I hope you were able to see the deeper meanings between the lines...
      LikeReply3 months ago
    • amandak.45897
      I believe I did. It's our nature, human nature. Love is deeper then love
      LikeReply 13 months ago


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