Mental Arcade

without experience I cannot know
     but I can imagine 
what it’s like
to be a shiny metal ball
hurdling around a tilted table
avoiding traps and pitfalls
being slung unceremoniously
by flippers controlled by giants

racing racing racing
landing in an advantageous spot
     earning rewards
setting off flashing lights and bells
and maybe another chance 
to race

or not 

then the lights go out 
darkness returns 
and I remember that I spent my last dollar to race 
so I cry in silence 
under the table 
until the next race

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