"Love is Like a Game of Cards"

Put on your poker face.

In the east, a rising sun.
In the west, a fading moon...
and in the inbetween,
there was oceans of blue.

I reached my hands to Heaven,

and waited for a star to fall.
Up on this mountain top,
I felt so high, I felt so tall...

Nothing could break me here.
Nothing could bend my will.
And as I hold on stronger,
they try to hurt me still.

The choices one has to make
are never easy enough.
Either way you lose,
so go ahead and call my bluff.

Every time I play my ace,
the cards just don't fall into place.
I tend to stick by my king,
but he ends up betraying me.

Its like the sun and the moon
and everything inbetween...
The wind is bitterly cold,
but its still unseen.

You are no jack of all trades,
and I am no queen.
This is the hand that we are dealt,
but nothing is as it seems.

So I make my move,
hoping that you cant read my face.
I place my bets,
hoping I won't give myself away...

With a crack of a smile,
or a break of a sweat.
My heart beat growing faster,
my face turning red.

You are a pro at this game,
my biggest threat.
And I've already lost so much,
that the world is in debt.

The sky is falling down
on top of my head,
but I refuse to give up,
for I haven't won yet.

© Copyright NMJ 2012

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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

My sweet nikki, I love this.!! I am a gambler myself. I am a craps player though, I love the dice thats my game just like life, you roll them see what get and then pick them up and do it again. Nice poem nikkigurl.


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Astra Nomik 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Nikki I love the gambling analogy in this poem and the betting and cards ... how you relate them to some people... This is great writing. Lots of soul searching and you capture things so well. I hope life is good and that you are okay. *Hugs from me* :)


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

Life is much like that. Everyday we take risks and make choices and hope that its the right one. Love is the biggest risk of all. To put yourself out there and give yourself completely to someone hoping that they dont hurt you. Thanks for commenting you guys. Hugs to the both of you. And yes Cathy I am really good. Better than I have been in awhile :)


Marina Lester 4 years ago

Very fun Nikki! I loved this! Awesome write! I enjoyed so many of the lines and word play but I have to admit these lines toiled with my imagination and stuck in my head,

"I reached my hands to Heaven,

and waited for a star to fall.

Up on this mountain top,

I felt so high, I felt so tall...

Nothing could break me here.

Nothing could bend my will.

And as I hold on stronger,

they try to hurt me still."


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

Thanks Marina! Its like that moment of the game when your on top and seem to be winning the game but then your luck starts to run out and the other players start to win. Its the same with love. you can be so High up and happy one moment and then in one day it could all come crumbling down... Play your cards right, my friend. Dont let anything KEEP you down. Thanks again.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Beautifully done! Life is a series of choices and weigh out the possible consequences of those choices all the time--


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

yep. every choice we make have consequences. they are either good or bad...lets hope we make good choices...with good consequenses...


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Nikki, life and love are a lot like gambling. Hell, it is gambling so your analogy is a great one. Unfortunately, it's a game we don't have the option of not playing. If you sit in you risk losing. If you sit out, you're guaranteed not to win. Keep your cards on the table, Nikki. They will fall your way in time.


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Oh, I forgot. Excellent write too! Great analogy, imagery and word choice. You're a talented writer, Nikki!


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madmachio 4 years ago from Kansas

I liked this! Good gambling style poem


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

Thanks times 2 Poetic! and thank you madmachio for the read. Yes life and love are a gamble...and you cant win if you dont play. so I will take the risk every time! :)


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the pink umbrella 4 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

I love this. Completely love it.


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

Yay! :)


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snigdhal 4 years ago from hyderabad - India

I love cards , and i love love . Both together , i adore :) ..many thumbs up !


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

Haha Thanks snigdhal! I love cards and love as well. Put on your poker face!


snigdhal 4 years ago

Funny you should say that, I used that exact phrase in something I wrote .. Guess mental minds think alike


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the pink umbrella 4 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

incredibly sexy, you make me feel like playing some cards would be a good turn on haha. Its ladies like us that can spin ourselves into cards, cowboys, christ im sure you could sexualize a hazmat suit. i love your writing Nikki, even if i dont come around to often to check it out. lol.


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

Haha thanks girl! its ok whenever you do come around to check it out its awesome :) and playing some poker is sexy. I know I am sexy when I play cards ;)


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

The content was so digestable and it read as smooth as silk. You are an amazing poet!


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

Wow..Thanks Angela for "eating" it up!


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Dr Funom Makama 4 years ago from Europe

Thanks..


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I enjoy playing a game or two, enjoyed reading


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ahorseback 3 years ago

You really do write so well , I enjoy these poems like this one ! How long have you been writing my dear ?........Ed


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Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana Author

Since the 8th grade, and my poems have gotten a lot better since then. I am 25 now. So I would hope so lol


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Nikki , Not only are you a nice writer , you understand how important the wisdom behind it is ! ......Well ......I think I just luv ya !.....lol


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Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana Author

haha thanks Ed.! Luv ya too!

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