September 2002 / Volume Three / Issue One
Steve Brightman
Looking for the Sucker(s)

Castles and bloodlines,
one-eyed jacks and
who was burdened
with which roman numeral
is better left
to the historians.

I donít know the history
behind the kings and queens,
nor do I care.

Valuables are being thrown into a pile on the table.

Thereís a conventional wisdom
when playing cards
that says,

ďIf you look around the table
and canít see the sucker,
then it must be youĒ.

Iím looking around
the table and I know
it ainít me.

Iím keeping
a couple of things
up my sleeve,
even though my wrists
have chafed and
are beginning to scar.
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