A Poker Game

I’m delighted to win the perfect poet award week 19.

I’d like to thank

sweet jingle for hosting and managing the Thursday poets’ rally http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/

and    suzicate for nominating me to win this award .

Puffs  of  smoke rise

to a  cracked ceiling

where  a  bunch of  flies

buzz around a  lamp

dangling over seven guys

Seated at a round  table

Sweltering , sweating

Sipping a glass of  wine

eyes riveted on five  cards

Nervous but poker –faced.

Bets are instantly made,

no folding is signalled,

Time for the showdown.

Heartbeats race ,Adrenaline pump

a royal flush is revealed.

Thuds , Curses and swearing

Drown out  the winner’s cheering.


I nominate Emmanuel for the perfect poet award week 20

30 Responses

  1. I enjoy the description of the moment itself. Let that inner Imagist out! Kudos!

  2. http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/05/29/week-20-poets-rally-poetry-awards-plus/

    three poetry awards,
    two general awards,
    Thank you for the invaluable contribution in Thursday Poets Rally week 20.
    U Rock!

  3. Vivid description, love the flies buzzing around a lamp, so much impact in so simple words! 🙂 Congrats!

  4. http://itistimetothinkformyself.blogspot.com/2010/05/55-here-is-whats-coming-in-mind.html

    help me achieve 55 comments goal by leaving a comment under the post…
    take the awards from previous post after that.
    thank you in advance.

  5. thank you for the encouraging comments and more…

  6. Deal me in! My poker face is not the best, but with a glass of wine (and five sweaty guys, hmm- oops inner monologue!) to enjoy the fun I am game. Nice verse.

  7. Nice — were you the likely winner in that hand of poker faced men…. if not – does not matter for your poem surely is a winner here.


    came by jingle

  8. Good job as always!

    Come back and visit my sites:

    Tim Keeton – A Writer’s Tale


    The Undead Poets Society

    Rhyme on!

    Tim Keeton
    (Undead)Poet / Wizard / Teller-of-tales
    A Week 19 Perfect Poet Award Winner

  9. Hey– this is a change for you. Lighter but no less insightful. Nicely done!

  10. ha. been there. done that. nice poem.

  11. great job! and congrats on the award

  12. The end couldn’t be any better. 😀


  13. You have done another wonderful poem and I love the way you make it enjoyable to read..always. 🙂

  14. Amazing as usual.
    I always enjoy the feel of reading your blog.
    Something to do with the music i think

  15. Wonderful poem, it was a joy to read. Thanks for sharing with us!
    Congratulations for the award Emmanuel 🙂

  16. explanation of the the game and the emotions – competion is in itself a gamble……



  17. Excellently done. I felt I was there.

  18. it is like in a horror movie,
    vivid images…
    beautiful poem!
    thank you for the contribution and nominations!

  19. Great poem, especially like the part where you describe the tension before the hands are revealed. Personally, I have a bad poker face that gets overshadowed by the heart on my sleeve. Happy Wednesday!

  20. very vivid…….and then the chair was kicked back and guns started blazing!!! see, such a good writ got my mind thinking..well done Pete

  21. There would have been no better way to paint the picture in this Poem. You write greatly with expertise. I am always glad I found you each time I read your work. The inspiration is unbelievable.

    Thank you for nominating me. I so much appreciate.


  22. The “poker face” is an art indeed. Nice poem
    Congrats on the award!!!

  23. an array of well chosen words, congrats on your award, well deserved:)

  24. Congratulations for the well deserved award. i just loved the beautiful expertise with which you painted this picture.

  25. Heyyy tht was real nnice…

    A small award awaits you on my blog at:


    Pls do visit n accept this token of appreciation….


  26. yeah you nailed it…sat at that table before…though i thud to thud a lot…smiles.

    emmanuel is a great pick!

  27. Quite a good description of most poker games everywhere in the world. 😉 Nicely done my friend.

  28. Congratulations my friend. I also like your wonderful poem.

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