August 16, 2012
ADVICE WHISPERED TO EDGAR ALLAN POE AS HE SITS DOWN TO GAMBLE

booksmatter:

These men are already dead.
Don’t you see how their hands
are trees incapable of leafing out?

Leave. You’ll lose. These men
are ghosts: they can see
what cards you’re holding. See

how their money is yellow,
curled and brittle like pictures
of naked girls in a smoker’s house?

You can’t win, I tell you.
Drop the leaves of your cards.
You must be the autumn.


—Austin Smith

(Source: lo-ball.org)

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