Complications Within the Cards

by Rosamund Joseph

He holds all the cards
except the joker.
He can bid me to do
almost anything
and I will follow.
His authoritarian airs
call upon me to obey.
Those that dare to challenge him
always lose,
and they are few.

He holds all the cards
except the joker.
He can wear a set smile,
to appreciate
that you came on time.
He can offer you wine
from his well-stocked cellar.
He can show you a photo
of his wife,
who died last year.

He will not mention,
It was suicide.
He will not comment on the note:
‘because you never laughed’.