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credit to the original author.

Ezekiel J. Krahlin


©1998 by Ezekiel J. Krahlin

i seek dark corners
of satan's domain,
to brush away artfully woven webs
of gossamer lies
that do not shine in the light
of truth

but tonight i rest,
play cards with the devil,
and up the ante
("up your rectum!"):
a shiny coin "plink!" in the kitty

the beast slams down his cards:
jokers (two pair) and a deuce

i lay my hand on the table:
five fingers and a prayer--
the fortune is mine!

i cash my soul winnings at the S&L,
punching in the code:  V I C T O R Y,
and record the transaction in my bank
book of life