The game is more than just a game and nothing but a game. Richard Howard in Quantities begins “The Old Men Playing Boccie on Leroy Street”
A sense of Fall without the trees
That make their rot so decorous,
And on through the middle of the poem
The old men play until I think
Their laughter is the bravest sport
And I can’t bear it to end. I want to stay with the prime image. As the poet says “Something has been given up / But they are playing” and that is how I choose to remember them. Why? Because I am led to this honouring by the poet. And you may be too.
And so for day 1037