The Deal

You forced my hand and so
I’ll show my cards to you:

This card is now a bird
hovering on the ocean depths.

Other creatures too are held
and played if their time comes:

This card could be a cat
who stalks among the thorns,

while this one was a rooster —
he crowed by the old school house.

You see, I try to stay so true
to what I draw and what God deals.

I want to show them to the world but,
you know,
this game is just for two.

Don Cadwallader

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