[NetBehaviour] Game of Refugees

AGF agf at poemproducer.com
Sun Aug 29 15:59:52 CEST 2021

love this very much too Alan!


also devastating

> On 29. Aug 2021, at 15.20, Edward Picot via NetBehaviour <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:
> Alan,
> This is a fantastically on-the-money bit of writing.
> Edward
> On 28/08/2021 15:42, Alan Sondheim wrote:
>> Game of Refugees
>> http://www.alansondheim.org/bad.jpg
>> In this game, the refugees always lose. You play someone
>> hunting them down, refusing them sanctuary, keeping them at
>> bay. You always win. The sounds are murmurs and cries. You
>> always continue. You can refuse to play the game, you can walk
>> away. You don't do that; if you do that, nothing happens. You
>> want something to happen, you're playing the game. The game
>> may be long or short. You can take a break. You can turn the
>> game off, return to the same stage. The game can always wait.
>> You always feel bad. The longer you feel bad, the longer you
>> play the game. The longer you play, the longer you win. If you
>> stop the game, the refugees can wait. If you never play again,
>> the refugees can wait. The refugees can always wait.
>> You feel bad. You feel like weeping, wailing, mourning. The
>> refugees are weeping, wailing, waiting, mourning. You make
>> them wait. You are so sad, you are inconceivably sad. You have
>> never been so sad in your life. It's terrible how sad you are.
>> You continue playing the game. You win the game, you cannot
>> lose. You may be angry. It is so sad you feel angry. When you
>> are angry, you may leave the game.
>> You return to the game when you are no longer angry. You are
>> calm and wary. It is terrible you are playing this game this
>> way. You love the game. You are drawn to the game, the game
>> draws you. You can say that, I love this game but I feel bad.
>> You feel bad sometimes, you feel bad all the time. You play
>> the game, there are always refugees.
>> There are always refugees, you wonder is this a trick of the
>> game. There are more and more. You always play, you always
>> win. There are always more.
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