6 Sep 2013

Pack of Cards

Posted by Oblivion in Poetry & El Eye Ef Ee | 3:01pm


when you were too frail
in flesh, skull and bone
they, as you saw them, held you
caringly helped you stand up
and taught you to walk and run

so that, a card as you are,
when the kings and aces trample
you don't get beaten and blown
but rise after every fall

and now, when you,
strong, having aged, and firm
help a few frail ones, yourself
you see them, the old ones, falling
one. by one. by one. and one

pride will not see you through
this game of cards, you will lose
and each one, when he leaves,
leaves you more naked