Sunday, June 29, 2014

Solitaire

Solitaire


I pluck a card from the display.
The words within gargle in my throat
Until my tongue longs to spit the sour.
I swallow the urge,
And place the card back into its slot.
This ritual repeats until options exhaust,
Save the cloying cards below
And the ostentatious offerings above.

How does something so seemingly simple
As purchasing a greeting card
Become a game of betting and bluffing?
I loathe to trite complications.
For whatever you were,
Whatever you are,
Whatever we are…
I know what I am not.

I skulk over to the blank card section.
I can write the truth there.
Not the whole truth.
But enough.
I choose a card with flowers.
You like flowers, don’t you?


- Theresa Milstein







60 comments:

  1. A down to earth interpretation of this week's Mag - well done.

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  2. hah! You described me to a tee hee! I hate picking out cards and usually go for the blank ones! Cheers!

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  3. i know this feeling!! Nice take on the prompt.

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  4. Oh yes, I mostly head to the blank for your own message cards too... the other ones have such yucky messages in! :)

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    1. Freyawrites, that's a good point. Often, it's better to write the sentiments ourselves.

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  5. I luv the progression of surprises in this poem, have a nicecSunday

    Much love...

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  6. I do not envy the recipient of this floral card! :-)

    p.s. love love love the bitter bile oozing from your poem!! :-)

    Take care
    x

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    1. Old Kitty - bitter bile - wish I'd thought of that!

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  7. I can relate to that! Yes, go for the funny cards.

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  8. I think a flower card with a handwritten message from the heart means more than a poetic, canned message anyway. Unless the card is funny or plays music or something. There's no competing with that!

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    1. Stephanie, I always get surprised when I open a card in the store and it plays music!

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  9. This was an excellent poem, and I like the idea of writing the truth well enough of it. Creates a lovely sense of mystery. Well done.

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  10. I tend to choose the blank cards as well... the one's with words already printed tend to be so generic.

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  11. Very good Theresa and something I can relate to. I have gotten to the point where I select lots of blank on the inside cards so that I can write what I want. "Trite" is a great description of too many card contents.

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    1. Slamdunk, finding a blank card saves a lot of time, doesn't it?

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  12. all I can ever buy are funny ones, blank ones, or make my own.
    nice poem. strong ending and the title is great

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    1. Impressive that you make your own cards, BelindaBroughton.

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  13. I like the way you have described the card buying process poetically.

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  14. "programme or be programmed !, " ....... She Said

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  15. So true! I can spend hours comparing birthday cards etc, from all the shops in town to find an apt one. Blank card - best idea!

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    1. Helena, I agree. If it's so hard to find the right one, we're better off writing it ourselves.

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  16. Truth, an air of mystery. Great word choices. Great job, my friend! Skulk. What a word! Love it. xoxoxoxo

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  17. Love this! Finding the right card is impossible!!

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    1. Thanks again for sharing this on Twitter, Jemi!

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  18. Beautiful poem. It also reminds me of the character Solitaire in a very old James Bond film.

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    1. Michael, I didn't even think of that reference. Thanks!

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  19. Theresa ~ pleased to meet you ~ I'm Eddie
    Loved the way you tranpsed from playing card to greeting card - trying to find the right one. The right one is very rare but exists.
    Love the way you wrote this.

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    1. Thanks, Eddie. I'm glad to hear it worked for you.

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  20. Yes, as a matter of taste, I do like the flowers! A most smooth, lovely read, of truth dealt well by you.

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  21. I like this poem, Theresa; it's very well-written and I can definitely relate to it. It's also hard for me to pick out greeting cards sometimes, because the pre-printed messages usually say things that I don't feel.

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    1. Neurotic Workaholic, it's hard to let others speak for us.

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  22. I too would choose the blank card over a trite greeting, or some sickeningly sweet rhyme made for those who can't come up with the words themselves. Always best to keep things simple and to the point, and true to who we are!

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  23. Wonderful poem. I don't enjoy card shopping with all the choices. I do have blank ones, though.

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  24. with the pic - brilliant! loved this! :D

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  25. Choosing just the right card isn't easy. Most of them say things that would never pass my lips. This piece is very well done!

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    1. Belva, yes, most of what's written in cards would never pass my lips either.

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  26. Why are those cards so hard to pick out? Interesting take on the prompt..

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