monopoly's boot


it’s not that

i ever

chose

the boot

or the thimble

or the wheelbarrow

 

but

now that

they’re leaving

the monopoly board

they feel necessary

and already missed

 

the game

of monopoly

begins with

the hallowed ritual

of piece selection

 

and of course

everyone wants the race car

and the top hat

and the doggie

 

but after those

have been swiped

by older siblings

and wiser players

 

the boot

the thimble

and the wheelbarrow

 

play their roles

in critical pre-game

strategic negotiations

 

when not-totally-legal

deals

are dealt

with promises

to forego the purchasing

of nondescript railroads

or uninspiring utilities

 

in exchange

for one

or another

of the less popular pieces

 

and i know

that i’m not

the only one

who engaged in

under-the-table

bargaining like this

 

but now

that all of the pieces

are cool pieces—

 

no one will complain

about being a t-rex

or a rubber ducky

or a penguin—

 

a treasured

piece

of monopoly play

has been given the boot

 

sigh

 

not everything needs an upgrade people

[melodramatic outburst]: is nothing sacred

 

 

meanwhile

from now on

i’m the rubber ducky

that thing is adorable :)