Poker At The Longhorn

Written for:  Poetics Aside #385 – Write an Ekphrastic poem


All patrons are facing table,
wondering if Handsome Jim will be able
to keep his winning streak.
Other players’ faces are bleak.
Blonde Betty is betting on Jim,
Juan peers out from under brim
of his sombrero. Coonskin Bob,
rifle in hand, hopes his job
will not be breaking up liquor-soaked men.
Could be a shootout, thinks barkeep, Ben.
All blonde Betty wants is time to sup
with Handsome Jim, so ante up!

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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