Playing Games

I have the breeze all
to myself and the neighbor’s

dog is curled up in the shade

I know he’s a smart dog
because he said that it is

even too hot to play chess

my stare said it all as I
told him I don’t play chess

he swatted the hot air and
didn’t miss a beat

you’re not that good at
checkers either

dog’s right

I’ve never been good at
dogs or playing games

or people now that I think
about it