Yuankai Shan

A Game of Cards

The players sat solemnly still
Seated round a green table.
Until life is distributed among them
By the hand the Dealer deals.
This game is fairly special,
All 6.6 billion in humanity play.
Itís not a game against each other
And not a game for the most gain.
A game of luck and skill in which
Years of life are at stake.

Try bluffing your way through
And only failure will you meet
Fold your hand at every turn
And opportunities you will lose.
Play and think ahead
Anticipate and predict
Just to play as along as possible

Itís impossible to win
And losing is inevitable.
Eventually the Dealer
Wins the last pot,
And takes everything it had given.
All those years first bought in
Must be lost, for we
Are not immortal.
Our years are limited,
But have some fun,
Have some laughs.
Play the cards you are dealt
And enjoy this game of life.


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