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  105.     

Deuces Wild

It was all or nothing.

All the cards were on the table.
No aces up the sleeve.

Fate sat patient in the corner
Sipping an ice cold draft of beer
And the one-eyed dealer
Cocked his wrist and fired—
A single lifetime from the deck.

It landed square in front of him.
Deuces wild.

And the only question was
Would he hold or fold?


(Previously published in The Horsethief's Journal, Issue 6, Dec 1999)
 
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  106.     

Die Andere (The Other)

children grow in other people’s houses
collecting bits and pieces of nuance and unrhyme

sponging feelings left in turbid air to dry
no wonder to be left alone to fend

with latch unkeyed, they wander through
blank hallways tripping over unmet

obligation, horrid disciples of impotent
gods, leftover sympathies strained by

circumstance, immobilized, till one day
the leaking of stagnant water passes through

the crevice in the center of the floor.


(Previously published in Gangway, Apr.2003)
 
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  107.     

Differences

What is the difference between a black man and a white man?
Is there a difference between a Japanese and a Chinese?
A Bosnian and a Serb?
How about the difference between a Protestant and a Catholic?
A Muslim and a Jew?
Or a capitalist and a socialist?
What is the difference really?
A woman and a man, there must be a difference
Mustn’t there be?
Oh, what’s the difference what the difference is? !
The difference is
A beautiful thing.
Thank God for the difference.
Imagine a world without difference,
How would you feel about that?
Indifferent, of course.
So why don’t we all just stop our moaning and
Complaining and go out there and

Make a difference.
It’s a beautiful thing.


(Previously published by Stroll of Poets Society, July 2000)
 
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  108.     

Distinction

Class is

A state of mind

Not

A state of wallet.


(Previously published in Panic! Brixton Poetry, Oct 2000)
 
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