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Micro-Poem ~ Scrabble (How to Save or Break a Marriage)

John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Dr. Seuss, Edward Lear and Shel Silverstein

The following is a true story. The events in this poem really happened. No names have been changed to protect the innocent. (The score for the seven letter word 'Enquiry' was 69 plus 50 bonus for making a seven letter word, plus 11 for a connecting word, making a total of 130 points. The score for the word 'Rye' that I used instead was 24). My wife won the game by 110 points. I kid you not.


Scrabble (or is that 'Squabble'?)

My wife and I sometimes dabble

In a friendly game of Scrabble.

This time, as usual, she's ahead.

I sort my tiles and shake my head.

A seven letter word 'ENQUIRY',

Now where to put it? That's the quandary.

I see a place the word will slot.

A triple word, the perfect spot.

My time has come to seize the win.

I place a finger on my chin.

Then counting numbers in my head.

One hundred and thirty puts me ahead.

I contemplate a week of dread.

If I win, I'm better dead.

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"This is hard," is what I say,

"I hardly have a word to play."

Though triple 'Q' word, and double 'Y'.

Keeping silent, I almost cry.

"Oh, I found one," I finally say.

Placing tiles down,'Rye' I play.


Read the full history of this iconic American word game that has enthralled millions of people over the years and continues to do so.

Here is an excerpt:

"Even though it’s a word game, the real story behind SCRABBLE® Brand Crossword Game is numbers. One hundred million sets sold worldwide. Between one and two million sold each year in North America. And, of keen interest to legions of passionate players, over 120,000 words that may be used in their scoring arsenal.

The story of the game’s evolution from underground craze to the cultural icon is as American as, well, the SCRABBLE game. Alfred Mosher Butts, an out-of-work architect from Poughkeepsie, New York, decided to invent a board game."


John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on July 23, 2015:

Better safe than sorry Ed :) thanks for reading.

ahorseback on July 23, 2015:

I never play a game with my wife , she would know immediately she is way smarter than I , I think I've had her kind of fooled for awhile , don't want to chance it , you know ?+++++

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on May 04, 2014:

Thank you for reading Suzette. yes, I have learnt what is good for Glad it gave you a laugh.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on May 04, 2014:

Harishprasad, thanks for reading and commenting on another of my hubs. I appreciate your kind words, glad you enjoyed.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on May 04, 2014:

Hello LaThing, nice to meet you. I'm glad this poem gave you a laugh. I still haven't been brave enough to let my wife read Thanks for reading and your kind comment. I hope I haven't spoilt your hubby's

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on May 04, 2014:

Hey vocalcoach (Audrey) glad you enjoyed this and that it brought back memories of playing games with your mother. Thanks for the kind comment.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on May 03, 2014:

Smart man! Alwayset the lady win. This really made me chuckle. You are so clever with your poems. Great write.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on May 03, 2014:

A game of scrabble is on, one of the players dominating is wife of the loser. The wife cheers her win ; the husband happily weaves a poem. What is going on ? can there be more mirthful, more exciting than this curious drama ? John, your verses are awesome and this chapter of your life so enlivening ! I loved the game that turned into a beautiful poem for us to read and rejoice. You are a very creative guy. Voted up.

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on May 03, 2014:

LOL, LOL...... Couldn't stop laughing! Sounds like something my hubby would do!! ROFL, what a gentleman you are :)

Loving it and sharing!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on May 03, 2014:

What a terrific and clever poem, Jodah. I actually read it twice - it is so much fun. Reminds me of my years growing up and playing board games with my mother. I always let her win, otherwise I'd get plenty of dirty looks:)

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on May 02, 2014:

Haha thanks Stephanie. I never thought of that. Glad she didn't find out then. Glad you found this funny though.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on May 02, 2014:

Very funny poem, but if it were me and I found out you let me win, you'd be in more trouble than if you'd played your super word! ! I love Scrabble, and I love a good competitor who is a challenge!

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 15, 2014:

Thanks for your kind comment Cat. I don't play as often as I used to, but still enjoy a good game, win or lose. :)

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 15, 2014:

Haha Ann, I know what's good for me...usually, even if it involves being called a 'c' word. Yes, it is good for keeping those grey cells active. Thank you for reading and your comment :)

Catherine Tally from Los Angeles on January 15, 2014:

Hi Jodah,

You may have lost your Scrabble game, but you have won with this clever poem! Keep on playing. :)

Ann Carr from SW England on January 15, 2014:

I like a man who knows how to create a peaceful life! However, cunning or cowardly?!!

Scrabble does cause lots of rows but is so good for the 'little grey cells'.

Loved the poem and the explanation behind it.

All the best!


John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 13, 2014:

Haha teaches, thank you for reading and your kind comment. But I lost!

Dianna Mendez on January 13, 2014:

I am very fond of scrabble and have won a game by placing the smallest word on the board. Those triple scores are awesome! I enjoyed your story and your victory!

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 10, 2014:

Haha Jo, maybe I was but I'm um...not Some of us guys can be considerate when we want to. Thank you for commenting, glad you enjoyed it.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on January 10, 2014:

And I though only us women are this er...generous! I do hope you were amply rewarded. :)

Loved it.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 10, 2014:

Haha Anna, I hope so. Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 10, 2014:

Oh Nell, I find it difficult to believe that you would cheat...haha. I know from experience to challenge any uncommon words that you haven't heard before. I do enjoy the challenge of a good game of scrabble, even if I have to enjoy the win in my

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 10, 2014:

Yes R.Q., when you have been around as long as I , you learn the true importance of discretion, especially where the fairer sex are concerned. That must have been a wonderfully romantic game you played. Thanks for your comment.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 10, 2014:

We do what we have to do Sunny. Glad I gave you a chuckle.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 10, 2014:

Haha Jackie, you are right games like scrabble are probably best not played between spouses. Too much competition can lead to disagreement. There needs to be a good deal of give and take involved otherwise, not win at all costs.

Anna Haven from Scotland on January 09, 2014:

You are obviously a wise man not just with your words , but also with your actions. :)

Nell Rose from England on January 09, 2014:

lol! I loved this! and guess what? I love Scrabble! I always win, and er yes sometimes I cheat! seriously, do you know how easy it is to cheat when you play against someone who is useless at knowing uncommon words? lol! seriously, great poem!

Romeos Quill from Lincolnshire, England on January 09, 2014:

You know what's good for you then Jodah lol!, discretion being the better part of valour, and all that.

Last time I had a go at scrabble was a few years ago with a lady.....I laid out the word ' BRACE ', and she circled it with the letter ' E,M and D ' to create ' EMBRACED ' - never forget that romantic gesture, the soppy mare :)

A great read dude.

All the best,


Sunny River from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality on January 09, 2014:

Noble sacrifice! Good man! Lol. Very funny. Thanks for the laugh! :)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 09, 2014:

What a smart man. lol Brings back all the memories of games my husband and I played...they were for blood...not literally but may as well have been. Wasted time, that. Man and wife should not compete. Go look at the stars instead. No charge for the advice. lol

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 09, 2014:

Hey Eddy, good to see you as always. Thanks for reading and your nice comment. Hugs.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 09, 2014:

Thank you Ryem, for your kind comment. Glad you found this poem both sweet and Have a great day.

Eiddwen from Wales on January 09, 2014:

Another wonderful poem: you are indeed so very talented Jodah and I look forward to us sharing hubs for a long time to come.

Have a great day .


Ryem from Maryland on January 09, 2014:

This is too sweet, but still so funny! Love this poem.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 09, 2014:

Haha Flourish, I totally understand. Thanks for reading and commenting.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 09, 2014:

Happy wife, happy life! My husband and I don't play scrabble. He's an engineer. It would be like getting into a math contest with him. We know how it'd turn out.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 09, 2014:

Thanks Bill, as Kenny Rogers once said, "you have to know when to hold up and know when to fold up.." haha. I know what side my bread is buttered

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 09, 2014:

You are a smart man, John! Well-played! LOL

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 09, 2014:

Dear Kim, Welcome back. I've missed you greatly, your hubs and comments. Thank you for reading and voting this poem up. I try my best to keep the ladies

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 09, 2014:

Hi Faith, thank you for being the first to read this and voting up and sharing. Yes women are definitely smarter than us guys, I agree...haha. Good day to you too.

ocfireflies from North Carolina on January 09, 2014:


So glad to read this poem after being away. And what a gentleman you are when you play. Bear with me as I come and go, but hopefully in a few weeks, I will be back on track. Have missed you much and this poem as always is voted up.



Faith Reaper from southern USA on January 09, 2014:

LOL, I loved this delightful poem and glad for your little explanation at the beginning. Yes, woman are so smart : ) hehehe

Up and more and sharing

Have a great day,

Faith Reaper

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