Our Game · Judy DeCroce

But how nice, not to see the storm coming and blithely walk into it, singing.
— Stephen Dunn

masks are hanging everywhere
on everything

while the world counts to 100
let’s play at hiding

brush by what we haven’t seen
keep hidden

not staring in that direction
not looking closely

after all… we carry so much already
it helps to look away

we believe in beauty
revealed in pinks and blues
while the dangers are lit softly


Judy DeCroce, a former educator, is a poet and flash fiction writer. She has been published in Plato's Cave online, Pilcrow & Dagger, Amethyst Review, The Sunlight Press, and many others. Judy is also a professional storyteller and teacher of that genre, she lives and works in upstate New York with her husband writer /artist Antoni Ooto.