john bennett | card tricks

Card Tricks

The flip side
of the rose.


The betrayal
of Zen.


The blue
thunderous sky.


The click
clack of
the time
machine the
unexpected
departure.


The high
price of
solitude
one step
back then
another.


Don’t go
crying to
mother
don’t lodge
a complaint
with
blind justice.


Do you
expect understanding
from that
which you’re
running from?


Has it
slipped your
mind what you
opted for?


Because you’re
right doesn’t
make it
less painful.


Even a
trip to
the dentist
is a
compromise
once you’ve
made your
way past
the border
guard, &
now your
own biology
has tracked
you down.


When it’s
time to
play that
ace up
your sleeve
will you
have the
courage to
slap it
down?


You can’t
outdraw
Lady Death
but you
can force
her hand
if you
finish up
what you
started.

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