Footnote: The Marble Player---Overheard Conversation; A Tanka

"A grown man, he loved

"to play marbles---never lost

"to aduts' but, to

"children, he always lost:  Abe,

"Abe Lincoln, local lawyer."


Kyakuchuu


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Warmth of humanity

The warmth of humanity shines through this poem! I am reminded of Paul Morphy (1837-1884), the greatest chess master of his day. After defeating every master in America, Morphy travelled to Europe in 1858, where he defeated all the active chess masters there, including unofficial world champion Adolf Anderssen of Germany. So Morphy himself became the new unofficial world champion of chess. He was clearly the best player of his time, yet when he played against the children of friends and relatives he contrived to lose many such games!

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Thank you for the fine

Thank you for the fine compliment, and for the info on Anderssen.  I, personally, think Lincoln possessed a gracious courtesy, and a humane respect, that makes him an example to be emulated, and not just politically, but in all social venues.  His example is so much different than the poor, and boorish, behavior, since 2016, of that rabid real estate speculator that now occupies the White House.  And, some months ago, he dared compare himself to Lincoln.  That shows how far this nation has descended into the malestrom.


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  compassion

 

compassion incarnate

 

beautiful tanka



 

 

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Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.


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Abe always towers over us as

Abe always towers over us as a larger-than-life historical figure, so this little tidbit of gossip showing him as delightfully human and fun-loving was an amusing surprise. A pleasure. 

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Thank you so much for taking

Thank you so much for taking the time to read it, and for the kind comment.


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