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hopscotch & double dutch




This poem was born July 25, 2015. Poetry and prose are the only ways for me to publicly express my anger, frustration and despair. Otherwise I feel powerless. The written word is one of the few channels I have to vent my exasperation. They say the pen is mightier than the sword. I don’t know if that’s true, but I do know poetry has become on of my releases.

I do everything I can and yet wish I could do more to make the world a better place for people who live with dementia and those who care for them. So many of us are held hostage by this disease, our love and circumstances beyond our control. I exercise the muscle of my voice in comparative silence. Nevertheless, it grows stronger, waiting for the time I will be free to tell our story more fully. Until then, I invite you to read between the lines.

hopscotch & double dutch

a poem by punkie

past & present

are both the same

hop scotch we play

at children’s games


draw some pictures

write some prose:

“hey – go stick it

up your nose!”


wicked witches

slice your spine

if you stray

outside the lines


we seek & hide

then pin the tail

on the road



poose is nimble

punk is quick

two jump over

the candlestick


now kick the can

or skip the rope

you girls who won’t

give up on hope


tip the tea pot

short & stout

oh looky here:

our love pours out


bangs cause bruises

we skin our knees

that won’t stop us

just wait ‘n see.



  • Hopscotch is a children’s game that can be played with several players or alone. Players toss a small object into numbered spaces of a pattern of rectangles outlined on the ground and then hop or jump through the spaces to retrieve the object. The tossed objects must not touch the lines of the spaces into which they are thrown.
  • Double Dutch is a skipping game that involves at least three people: one or more jumping, and two turning the ropes. A jumper usually performs tricks that may involve gymnastics or breakdance, and may also incorporate fancy foot movements.
  • Poose and Punkie are nicknames.


© Susan Macaulay 2013 – 2015. I invite you to share the links widely, but please do not reprint or reblog or copy and paste my poems into other social media without my permission. Thank you.

8 thoughts on “hopscotch & double dutch”

  1. Susan you’re a gifted writer
    beautiful descriptions
    When I read your writing it helps me from screaming about my situation with my Dear mom
    Take care all thank you


    1. Thanks Suzette. I want to scream too 😦 I can handle suffering. It’s needless suffering I have a problem with. And when the needless suffering is actually induced and could be prevented relatively easily, well, my frustration goes to a whole new level.


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