Trust in Tests

six am, walking across the crusty streets where early morning drunkards yell: cat-calling or provoking fights?

gripping a litre of beer by its neck, home in five minutes

where he is waiting for me it

that smirking sun that fries the bald

head that walks; or that humid

whistle blowing insultingly.

mental image: shattered beer fragments, oozing liquid

on the floor, never cleaned. his look

of surprise, mine of vile empowerment —

then a smiled — oops — before

burying my lungs in nicotine

but, unfair, he touched me turned

biting lips, eyes reading the same

line or trying to play killer

sudoku; that dilemma of

trusting him or giving

in to the temptations

of his test

walk home, young one.

no use fighting; that

layer of calculated

unemotional stare

crumbles —

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CARD DRAWN:

FIVE OF WANDS

THIS IS THE TAROT CHALLENGE, a 78-day writing challenge where everyday I pick out a random card from my tarot deck and write something about, against, inspired by, based on the card by the day’s end. The works can range from poetry to fiction to drama. When the card is from the major arcana, the title of the work should be the card name. When the card is from the minor arcana, the title can be different but the card drawn should be revealed at the end.

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