Over at dVerse, today we are dipping into our childhood treasure chest of cherished toys and games. My kids definitely do not know or play many of the the games I played in my old neighborhood though I have described it to them. The simple joys of climbing mango and guava trees; of playing hide and seek with the whole neighborhood when the power got cut on a moonless night; of playing games like 'Crocodile, which color do you want?' where we crossed dangerous waters, the still played Hopscotch (many versions of this), Uffangali (a really interesting game that I would love to play still - an ideal rainy day game), and so many more...
The poem today is about another childhood favorite called Lagori...
|By Selvammk (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons|
Joy and a Pile of Stones..
Stones piled one over another
As we all laughed and played together
Two teams that vied for the tower
One building it up, being stopped by the other
I aimed the ball at the tower of stones
Watched worriedly -
Will I lead my team to a victory?
Will we soon be shouting ‘lagori!’
The tower did crumble (just the right amount)!
A rush of feet everywhere
We scrambled to build the tower
They – well, they ran after the ball
They had to stop us, after all..
"Too late", we screamed with joy,
"Lagori" – in unison – every girl and boy!