Snakes & Ladders- Hard Truth of Life

During the NaPoWriMo challenge on Day 20, we had to write a poem on a game and I had written on the game of carrom

Today, I decided to write one more, on the board game- Snakes & Ladders. I have always believed that Snakes and Ladders is a game played to kill time, one that neither requires skill or knowledge and is simply based on luck. In fact this game for me, fell into the group of mundane activities that do not deserve any mention of.

However, I just got to know that this game is not as simple as it seems and is intricately linked to Indian history and is even linked to “karma” . The game dates back to the eighteenth century and was considered a game of life- the snakes represented the vices and the ladders represented virtues. You sin, you go down a snake. You do good, you go up the ladder. It made it’s way to England from India in 1892 and is now regarded as a world-wide classic.  In the United States, it goes by the name of Chutes and ladders. The snakes were replaced by chutes in 1943 (slides in a playground) as the snakes were received negatively by the children at the time. In India, though it continues to be a game of Snakes and Ladders.

So here goes my poem:



A board, a dice,

Colored tokens,

Players one to four,

No wit, no strategy,

Just based on luck.


Throw the die,

Watch it roll,

Get a six to make a move,

If not, please wait,

Patience is a virtue.

snakes and ladders


Another throw and fortunate you,

Up the ladder from 28 to 84,

No stops, no arduous journey,

Look down at the others,

As they march along, a step at a time.


Next throw, Oops! one, two, three,

87! You’re at the mouth of a snake,

There you go slithering and sliding down it’s tail, to 24!

Not a pretty sight from where you stand,

Everyone’s better off, you find yourself alone.


Hope dawns again, there’s a ladder four steps away,

But lady luck’s not with you yet; the dice shows six,

Cross the ladder reluctantly, one step at a time, the journey long,

No short-cuts to the top, No snakes to bring you down,

Slowly, steadily, make your way.


Now you’ve reached 97, three more to go,

If you get 1, you’ll go down again, but you mustn’t lose hope,

If you get three, you’ve won the game,

The winner is declared before your turn,

It’s fine. It’s only a game.


Snakes and Ladders, tougher than life,

Winner one and the game ends,

Life’s more fair, not based on luck alone,

Hard work and faith can take you through,

Forge ahead with courage till you reach the end!



Copyright ©, 2017, All Rights Reserved.

NaPoWriMo : Day 20 – Carrom…More than a game for me!





13 responses to “Snakes & Ladders- Hard Truth of Life”

  1. My BYOB List 2 – My Favorite Poems – SILVER LININGS… Avatar

    […] Snakes & Ladders- Hard Truth of Life […]


  2. Avid Observer Avatar

    Loved that poem and the message in the end. Great post 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much. Am so glad you loved it😊

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Avid Observer Avatar

        My pleasure. Thanks for sharing it 🙂


  3. Fountains Of Hope Poetry Avatar

    love this game, it reminds me of my childhood :))

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Really😊. Glad to have brought back fond memories. Thx for commenting.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Fountains Of Hope Poetry Avatar

        You are most welcome 😃

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Smitha V Avatar

          Hi. I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.

          Liked by 1 person

          1. Fountains Of Hope Poetry Avatar

            Well thank you! God bless you, my desire is for people to find hope in Christ, because He is the answer. Jesus gives me all I need and I pray that His peace will invade you !! Blessings

            Liked by 1 person

          2. Smitha V Avatar

            Thank you. In the present times and always, we need God’s blessings.

            Liked by 1 person

  4. Binny Avatar

    Another way of understanding the game in sync with life is ,you never know when there is a snake in your next move and it pulls you down or change your world altogether …or lucky enough to be at right time at right place and you climb high…Life sometimes us not fair ……..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Life’s tough. Everybody goes through ups and downs.


Leave a Reply. I love comments.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: