You don't wait in hope
you play your best cards, bluff
shuffle from one game to another
see what's in the pot
up the stakes
grab a slice of the action

Later, you notice the chips
dropped by the sharp
under the table
with the dogs

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You are half-hidden
half someone else
a mix of semi-vacuum
and bad reflection
Are you there?

When you click your fingers
and I dance
do you laugh?

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Coffee for two, outside

You sit at exactly the right height
to get a faceful of stuff
from men walking by

I don't eat my cream doughnut

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