Captive Player, Bet!

— Bonnie George

Face cards!
Look at all these faces and aces
No jokers in this game!
God dealt a straight in hearts—
A royal flush
Not just two of a kind . . .
Then upped the ante

Not a full house like my last hand
Someone else, pokerfaced
Holds that one
While others struggle
With numbers and pairs
Wild combinations
All holding—watching

While God
Whose unlimited humor and wealth
Constantly ups the ante
Bet or fold captive player
Bet or fold
You can’t hold forever
 

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