William Chaplar

(August 18,1961 / Trenton, New Jersey)

If There Were No Players


"Don't hate the player, hate the game" is something people say,
as if that makes the things they do seem more or less okay.
Their circumstances help them to believe they're not to blame.
But if there were no players, then there wouldn't be a game.

The media bombards us with stuff we don't need to see.
Because they think that, by and large, it's how things have to be.
But just because it happened doesn't make it worth acclaim.
And if there were no players, then there wouldn't be a game.

Pornography's believed to be a cause for much concern.
But if there weren't any, would that many people yearn?
The "sindustry's" great fortune is society's great shame.
But if there were players, would there be much of a game?

Contemporary music that drives older people nuts.
Misogynistic lyrics about women and their butts!
And those who spew this drivel all enjoy fortune and fame.
But if there were no players, then there wouldn't be a game.

Johnny's marching home again from yet another war.
Not long from now, though, he'll be made to march away once more.
It seems the things that we do best are fight and kill and maim.
But if there were not players, then how could there be a game?

"Don't hate the player, hate the game" does not make too much sense,
because it seems the players have made all the difference.
How would the world be different if the players never came?
Let's neutralize the players and stop playing all these games.

Submitted: Monday, February 18, 2013

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  • James Urwin (2/19/2013 1:32:00 AM)

    What a great poem...I really did enjoy reading that, its deep, well thought out... and fun to read.I will have to look at your other poems :) (Report) Reply

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