Rainy days, drunken nights, sleight of hand, ripple and snap.
I promise not to look too hard at the chili oil smudges memorized
over diamond backs, a folded edge on the four of spades,
your careless splay as you lean to shift my drink from the table's edge.
House rules and home brews, penny hands and the long list of
unpaid debts that stretches like a CVS receipt over our history.
May we play forever, may we never tire of the game,
may we never be caught evening the odds.
The cards are tacky, smell of mildew. Everything here does, if it waits
long enough on a shelf, plucked up and shuffled
only once in a blue moon. Oh, reliever of boredom, starter
of fights, be lucky for me tonight.
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