Face Values

Of antes upped
and shuffled bluffs

(what luck's enough?)
three telltale puffs

calm dealing reeling
flush concealed

unwelcome six
misfortune's yield

when jokers mock
as two take stock

relentless seconds
- sevens shock -

no diamond cuts
but hearts demand

(too soon to show
no ranks command?)

elusive ace
unkindly kind

defeating deuce
where clubs combined

cards discarding
stakes unseen

depleting deck
- the fateful queen -

more pressure builds
four players fold

declared "all in":
what no hands hold.

Face Values © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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80 words.  Image (card players at a table) prompt challenge - link: https://allpoetry.com/contest/2735553-Picture-prompt
Submitted: November 7, 2019

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