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House of Cards
(a kyrielle)

house of cards

My Queen-of-Clubs sincerity
Stakes high repute in honesty,
But lies to friends and rears its guard
To build a castle, card by card.

My Queen-of-Spades severity
Rebukes peersí faith in Godís decree
And bleeds the grace from which itís barred
To build a castle, card by card.

My Queen-of-Hearts tenacity
Aspires to quell mundanity
And vanquish static disregard
To build a castle, card by card.

His King-of-Spades duplicity
Begets my inborn martyrís glee,
For heartbreak calls for hearts made hard
To build a castle, card by card.

But now, Iíve drawn this King of Hearts,
And laid it oíer my four crown cards.
It makes a full-house roof, unmarred,
To build a castle, card by card.

Your King of Heartsóits majesty
So honest, faithful, trustworthy,
Has laid face-up my cards, once scarred,
And felled this castle, card by card.

Mindy Watson

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