House of Cards

by Janis Gaines

In this house of cards
I go for broke
The chips are all in
And the hand has been dealt

The dealer looks at me with a grin
As I play my poker face
And call the bluffs at the table

I slow play the bids
So the jokers don’t know
I got this

While I see the sweat on your forehead
My highbrow is left unchecked
You pass cards under the table
But I sigh a cool, easy breath
As I lay down aces and spades

You make bets on the river but
The deck has been stacked in my favor
With a flush draw
I trump the deuces all night
Til the house declares me the winner
And I make bank

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© March 15, 2013
Asheville, NC

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