What Hand Will You Play? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Men Argue. Nature acts.” Voltaire

What Hand Will You Play?

One should always designate the joker early,
you never know when a crisis will arise,
often at the eleventh hour but also the first,
what hand will you play as the earth burns?

You never know when a crisis will arise,
the deck is smouldering but no one notices,
what hand will you play as the earth burns?
Show the wild card that we might turn the game.

The deck is smouldering but no one notices,
we're all holding close and sweating it out,
show the wild card that we might turn the game,
the hour is early, the hour is late, play it sweet.

We're all holding close and sweating it out,
often at the eleventh hour but also the first,
the hour is early, the hour is late, play it sweet,
one should always designate the joker early.


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17 Comments

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17 responses to “What Hand Will You Play? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. This is a hard-hitting pantoum, the image of playing with a smoldering deck of cards while the earth burns truly frightening.

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    • Yes, we have continued to think we can play a wild card, but the deck is burning, it’s late. Gah! Frightening indeed, and our leaders are talking of a small carbon reduction over ten years (the sound is me banging my head on a wall) as if they’d found the magic answer!!

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  2. The Joker… You called? Hehe!

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  3. Whew, brilliantly done 👌

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