Stratagem

You would play well
with tuition,
you have that easy sophistication
which the game requires:
and a female sophisticate
is the perfect match
I hear.

Across the table
I can admire you so closely,
and respond to the child in you
studying the board
with an innocence forbidding
strategic opposition.

Such an ancient game.

The brush of femininity
and the way you catch back
your hair makes mockery
of the dice’s favour,

and who would wrench victory
from so delicate a grasp?

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