Family Game Night

Family Game Night
Family Game Night

Family Game Night


My time a collection of different games

each game a strategy on how to win

when playing many answers lie within

so many concepts held inside these frames.

A thoughtful day of Trivial Pursuits

to help organize our Scattergories

to put into our play hopeful stories

we contemplate our context and our roots.

Though board games rarely last throughout the night

unlike the time or two we played at Risk

when pieces on the board imitate Life.

To play Monopoly till morning light

begins to melt the dew yet we feel brisk

the culprit “Colonel Mustard with the knife.”


In every drawer I find some cards or dice

from our Yahtzee or lost from our Uno

to think about while son plays Stratego,

without the dice can we entrap the mice?

An early surgeon starts Operation

a buzzer brings a crash cart to the room

to a poor boy in his hotel of gloom

a game to win our one aspiration.

A chance to use our Cranium at home

to prove us Smarter Than A 5th Grader

with smiles and laugh admit that we were wrong.

Imagine where the Hungry Hippos roam

we choose to be a rider or trader

while we are role-playing we belt out song.


My daughter decides route with family

on path in Life, we play on our table,

my son chooses a studious fable,

my oldest son decides to cheat slyly.

We spend our time un-scrabbling our word

we learn through games how to communicate

we count how many burgers the pig ate

its belly bursting our own reward.

These poets changing the world with their rhyme

when I was playing games trying to win

a round or two with competitive kids.

My family found a way to use time

I look at cards and peer around with grin

I say “Go Fish or spend your time on skids.”

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Jamie Lee Hamann

Things have changed over the years. My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished two collections of poetry "Six Years of Service" and "The Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class" both available on Amazon and plans for more. I share a weekly poem for TCE every Saturday. I started work on my first novel and I am using TCE to share my progress as I go. I share new excerpts of this work every weekend. A Science Fiction novel that I hope is enjoyable to read. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. I am excited to share my poetry and my writing. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

One thought on “Family Game Night

  • July 20, 2020 at 5:27 PM

    How well I remember ‘family game night’ when we all sat around the table. Monopoly was our favorite game. Thank you, Jamie, for bringing back some nostalgic memories in your well-penned verse.


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