Hoyle Be Damned

This ain’t kitchen bridge.
An arrangement of tricks,
points scored below the line.

Kibitzers watch dumbfounded.
Self-sufficient suit
forced into dummy hand.

Duffer without finesse,
unbalanced distribution
trumps again and again

to win
the grand slam.


A second poem for Dverse, Tuesday Poetics…using the word “bridge.” Apologies to Hoyle’s rules for bridge…..and yes — metaphor applies. For those of you unfamiliar with the card game of bridge: kitchen bridge is a social game with little emphasis on skill; all of the following are terms used in bridge and may be found in the Hoyle’s book of bridge terminology/rules:  tricks, points scored below the line, kibitzers (nonplaying onlookers), self-sufficient suit, dummy hand, duffer (bridge player of inferior ability), unbalanced distribution (has to do with the cards in your hand), trump, and grand slam.



10 thoughts on “Hoyle Be Damned

  1. erbiage January 11, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    You played it straight. The house is full and I am flush.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian January 11, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      Love your comment! 🙂 I’m sitting here poker faced!


  2. Grace January 11, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Nice one Lillian and I do enjoy a bridge game with the kids when they were young ~ What can I say about your politics….let’s wait for the shuffle, smiles ~

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian January 12, 2017 / 12:13 am

      I wish the new administration well and hope for the best. On January 20 he is our president — I hope he will rise to the occasion.
      Glad you enjoyed the post.


  3. katiemiafrederick January 12, 2017 / 1:35 am

    WeLL it surely not
    so sure it’s well lit
    but never
    the less hmm..
    yes… the Trumpet
    Blows and the
    Trump’s here..
    and i was juSt enjoying
    an aMusing video wHeRe Biff
    who became President in the
    not so nice version of Back to the Future
    was actually inspired by the live Character Trump..
    anyway.. makes
    for excellent
    muse and
    lEt’s hope
    things settle
    out a little and
    while i’M at it since
    it seems that you are
    the only dVerse administrator
    i converse with any more ..a thanks
    goes out from me to dVerse as tonight
    i am finishing a 66 Macro-Verse pArt of
    a sTiLL exceeding 3.3 Million plus word long
    form poem at 737 Macro-Verses with
    the most recent mega chapter as
    sorts of 990K or so free
    verse words
    to go.. now2…
    i’m cAlling
    it a bible of
    sortS and it
    stARTed then
    on Memorial
    day of 2016..
    dVerse has/is been
    an integral paRt of
    my poEtry muse.. so far my FriEnd…
    i appreciate all ya’LL do.. and sorry i
    couldn’t fit in any more.. hehe.. as far liNking..goes..
    but ya kNow/FeeL.. i’m sure.. in the world of creation
    not everyone fits in the sAMe.. haha.. as winds bloW oN..
    and noW2..
    of words2
    and word
    As such too..;)

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian January 12, 2017 / 9:55 am

      Always enjoy seeing you here, Katie. And the Trumpet shall blare….yep. That’s what’s we’re facing. Let’s hope he can stay on key!

      Liked by 1 person

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