Sleight of Hand

Slight, as in thin and fragile–
not as in the stealthy, magician’s
sleight where one card disappears
deep into the deck only to be found
in the pocket of the man sitting in the third row,
the man, who, shocked himself by the discovery,
claims he stands amazed then sits back down.

I stand next to a slight man
with slight hands, thin fingers,
jet black hair, a sleight
and he says to me, “Ma’am,
you have my card in your pocket.”
And I reach in and pull out
a card, not the ace of spades,
but a “get out of jail free.”

So, I thanked him
and left.


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