Why Scrabble by Louisa Howerow

Poet: Louisa Howerow Poem title: Why Scrabble Poem: Because Scrabble’s square board says it is a plane figure, a stable figure Because in the board’s 15 X 15 grid no square can be truer than another Because 15 is my mother’s lucky number, and she loved numbers long before she loved letters Because she says her tongue can’t twist itself to those strange English sounds and she’s deaf to them when she needs to be Because Q and Z are worth ten points and if AA ZA QI exist then she can invent others Because to play Scrabble is to slap down tiles left-right, top-down, and laugh our fool heads off Because once she made bingo on her first turn, and we took photos to pin on her bragging wall right there with her row of winning scores Because Scrabble proved to be the canary in the coal mine. Because when she begged off the second game, couldn’t finish the first, we knew End of poem. Credits: Copyright © Louisa Howerow Previously published in League of Canadian Poets Poem in Your Pocket 2020 selection (previously appeared in Fresh Voices 2019). Louisa Howerow’s poems have appeared in a number of anthologies, among them: Gush: Menstrual Manifestos for Our Times (Frontenac House), Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology (Mansfield Press) and Tending the Fire (League of Canadian Poets.) Her poem, “Why Scrabble,” was selected for Poem in Your Pocket, 2020.