“Dead Man’s Hand”

“Dead Man’s Hand”

Until the day I die,
I’ll never forget
those glassy, un-blinkin’ eyes.

Old Bill, he stared;
no devil denied.
Across the table,
I saw them eyes.
Surprised , he glared
at the cards in his hand.

Oh, the Queen of Spades
was his low-in-the-hole
‘neath Aces and Eights.

Yeah , Aces and Eights
now drip, drip, drip
in a dead man’s grip.

Left a drop of blood
on Bill’s Queen of Spades.
Left his business card
name of one called “Krel”;
(Some say from Hell)
but a Devil with his
unblinkin’ eyes.

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16 Comments on ““Dead Man’s Hand””

  1. tedstrutz
    May 21, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    Of course I like this!


  2. tinkerbelle96
    May 21, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    Loved the flow and voice of this poem, the entry of the Devil was quite fun too 🙂


  3. thewizardsword
    May 21, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    Love this. Such an original take on the prompt–well written is an understatement. Good one!


  4. jacquelinecaseypoetry
    May 21, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    Thanks, Ted.


  5. Suzanne
    May 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Wonderful take on the prompts! And such a great poem. 🙂


  6. jacquelinecaseypoetry
    May 21, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

    Thanks so much, Suzanne


  7. Meg
    May 22, 2014 at 2:21 am #

    I wish I knew more about cards but I didn’t have any problem following your lead. I can picture the setting just by the voice of the poem. Excellent!


  8. Kathy Combs (@Kathy29156)
    May 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    I could see this playing out very vividly in my mind. Well done!


  9. Ann Bennett (@AnnBennett12)
    May 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    But did you look at his feet? Well done, this drew quite a mental picture.


  10. jacquelinecaseypoetry
    May 23, 2014 at 2:53 am #

    The story goes, Wild Bill had won all of Jack McCoy’s money that night, so McCoy left the poker table and came back later and shot Bill in the back and killed him. Aces and Eights, of course, became the legendary “Dead Man’s Hand” from then on.


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