Two spokes, four tiny nubs

inside a larger globe,

Annie versus Jack,

Jack versus Annie:


The trick was how to capture

the universe by bouncing

one ball at a time

and win a nickel



Annie, faster, more clever,

tricked Jack every time

into believing

he could win the game


And every time she swept up

the stars she had thrown

she went home

with another nickel


Jack’s lifelong puzzle was not

how to beat Annie at jacks

but how Annie tricked him

into playing Fifty-Two Card Pickup