All In

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she was all
in no cheating
no folding
she had to play
her hand win
or lose life was a
series of five cards
kings and deuces
she refused to quit
because there was
no repeat royal
flushes or full
houses she picked
up her cards and
waited for the flop
she was all
in no cheating
no folding

© Pamela Rossow

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39 thoughts on “All In

  1. A strength man have an abundance of in games but which is sorely lacking in life. I enjoyed this very much. Thank you for that.

      • Of course. I live just outside of Boston, home to 7 World Championships in 10 years divided among all four major sports teams. If we could just get politics on par with sports we could be an economic and intellectual powerhouse nationally and on a global stage.

        I have to work on building confidence so that I don’t come across as humble or shy. :-)

        Who’s your favorite team. I see where you mention that the NHL does not stand for No Hawt Ladies, but missed where you are from or what team you support. I could be persuaded not to root for the Bruins when they play your team and make it a day of shopping or cooking instead. :-)

      • I was just kidding. Chara is a powerhouse. I’d be happy to have him on my team. I’m a FL Panthers fan–rain or shine :-). Politics on par with sports? I think they actually mirror one another! Especially hockey with its violence and bloodshed ;-). Golf might work, though!

        You don’t come off as shy. You can’t be if the Bruins is your favorite NHL team.

        When my team beats your team, I consider it somewhat of a miracle and am quite thrilled! It’s okay, you can watch without having to shop or cook. Ha-ha!

      • Oh, I apologize for the type in my first comment where man should have been typed as men. Best! Nice chatting with you.

  2. I like this poem. As both an avid card player and poet I appreciate it all the more. Was the lack of punctuation an artistic move? To me it replicates the nervousness and flighty consciousness that come along with shoving all-in preflop. Cheers!

  3. All in, all chips in the center, hearts on the line, waiting for a king, wary of a joker, passionately played game, a winning hand, sharing all life has to offer. Beautifully played, I mean written.

    • Hmmm. . .it was an onslaught of words meant to be read in a rush but if read with pauses would be, “win
      or lose/life was a series of five cards/kings and deuces/.”
      Thanks for dropping by. . .

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