So This is the Deal

for M.D.

The intricate indigo pattern
of the Cincinnati Card Company,
looks like an Edwardian rug,
a geometric flower at its centre,
surrounded by a criss-cross design
that echoes the microscopic
cross weave of the card’s surface.

The slight curl from the dealer’s
inexpert riffle, lifts the edge
from the green baize.
Hidden in the drop shadow
like a secret swept
under the carpet,
the Ace of Spades,
a defiant black heart
refusing to match
anything else in my hand.

And this is the deal,
the money is on the table:
bluff or fold.

Derek Adams


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