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A Hand of Cards

Updated on April 18, 2017
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

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My #17 for National Poetry Month



he arrives, a trickster

with splinters for fingers

and marbles for eyes


be silent under his gaze

"don't attract attention,"

Momma always said.

she also told me to be careful

what i wished for.


he gleams in the dark.

marble eyes tell stories

that lips cannot taste.


so i watch,


dealing cards

across the stage

flipping them down.

pick up an ace of spades

not my best hand

but my only one.

© 2017 Audrey Howitt

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      Thank you Flourish! Happy sunday!

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      Hi Rasma--Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      Hi Mike--Thank you! I love this kind of writing and am trying it on for size these days

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      Thank you Mark--They always have something up their sleeves!

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!

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      mckbirdbks 7 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Audrey - This is masterful.

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      Thank you Manatita!

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      I like to think so too Jamie--thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      Hi Shyron--you do have to be careful about what you wish for--thank you!

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      I don't know why the comments are not posting

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      So true Audrey, my grandmother (Mammaw) use to say the same thing about what I wish for.

      Blessings dear friend

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      You have to bluff to avoid the trickster I think Jay--Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      Hate the trickster! He is scary--thank you Ruby!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 7 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Nice poetic reminder we must play with the cards that are dealt.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      There's a trickster in every game. You set the scene well.

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      You know Bill--the last time I tried doing the 30 poems in 30 days, I think I was a different poet--I think I am getting better!

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      Mark Tulin 7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Most of the tricksters I know don't play cards. But they always have something up their sleeves. Nice poem.

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      Thank you for your kind words and for catching my typo Venkatachari!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 7 months ago from Reno NV

      I think that is what helps us move forward is the compensation and creativity it takes to make that card work when it seems impossible. Jamie

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Playing cards can be fun, but if you have a heavy bet on the table, it' scary. an ace of spades is a good way to beat the trickster.....Huh?

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      There is nothing more I can write. You already know.

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice poem on the trickster card player. Need to be much attentive and careful while playing with him. BTW, if you don't mind, is it 'may' a typo in place of my in the last but one line?

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      Nithya Venkat 7 months ago from Dubai

      Great poem, we have no choice but to pick up the card and play.

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      Jay C OBrien 7 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Yes, we live with the hand we are dealt, but if you play poker you learn how to bet and bluff.

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Painted immaculately well. Superb!