For today’s prompt, write a card poem. This poem could be a greeting card poem, I guess. But there are so many other varieties of cards too, including business cards, credit cards, sports cards, playing cards, and the St. Louis Cards. When it comes to alcohol and tobacco, many folks get carded. Some people are referred to as being a card. And well, there are many other possibilities in the cards, I’m sure.
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Here’s my attempt at a Card poem:
“Not in the Cards”
He walked up to the table
and thought he had a chance,
but no one wanted to cut him in
and let him have a dance–
so he went out to the stable
to fetch himself his horse
to find it had left with a girl
he’d recently divorced.
Yes, life can be real tough; in fact,
it’s sometimes downright hard,
but getting any easier for him
was never in the cards–
so he walked alone that evening
and thought about that girl,
who suddenly seemed the only thing
he wanted in the world.
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He really needs to be more poetic with his out-of-office messages.
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