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The Cards We're Dealt

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The Cards We're Dealt

Every day’s a card game
And so there’s always hope
Each shuffle of the deck may bring
Just what we need to cope.

Though life is never easy,
People’s challenges may vary
And the cards we’re dealt may seem
Unfairly arbitrary.

There’s comfort, though, in knowing
Others grapple with their hand,
Possibly in ways which we
Could never understand.

Life’s a fickle dealer
So we take the cards we get
And when the deck’s been good to us,
It’s still not safe to bet.

For aces do not guarantee
That things will go our way.
A good luck streak will never keep
Adversity at bay.

We play the hand we’re given
And resort to strength within,
For at times we may get lucky
And just possibly, we’ll win.

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  1. Date: 3/15/2013 8:22:00 AM
    Ilene, I sincerely love this poem almost as much as I appreciate your comments concerning "Lazy Old River" and other poems I've recently posted. You're a jewel for reading and posting and I owe it to both you and myself to start reading more of your wonderful work. PLEASE - Don't stop! Terry

  1. Date: 3/12/2013 7:28:00 AM
    Wow, I love, love, love this poem. Life's a fickle dealer that is for sure. Every stanza reads like a charm. A wonderful rhyme. This form I always have such a problem with. I can never find exactly the right word I want to rhyme with. You're a natural and an inspiration. Warm Smiles Always Connie.

  1. Date: 3/11/2013 2:30:00 PM
    As always, I enjoy your talented way with words ilene. Good luck to you with the draw of the cards. :)

  1. Date: 3/11/2013 7:25:00 AM
    But "luck" is not always having the highest card. - Very well written Ilene! - Wish you a nice new week. -oxox / / Anne-Lise :)