Is this a game we play?

I cannot tell; the rules

Are snakes in the grass

That only you can see.

Poker would be easier to learn,

Thirty-six faces, twelve royals, four aces,

And only one joker in the pack.

I would count all of the cards,

Keep track of what you’ve discarded;

These electric pulses I can’t fathom

As you dart between their signals.

And each time I fold my hand

And prepare to cut my losses,

You show your hand, a straight of hearts,

And ask, “Do you want to play?”

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