STORY OF THE WEEK

Hearts in Our Hands

Alexis Pearson

We play cards in the dark naked
and call it love making,
well I call it love and you
call it Friday night and
they call it poker
(poke her).
With what
(all I have is this card).
So draw another
and I’ll count the stars while you do
and wonder how it is that nothing
ever makes sense despite all these patterns.
Patterns.
(Pat her).
With what
(all I have is this joker).
(Joke her).
Nevermind.
You forgot to remove the jokers
again.
But I like to laugh.
But that’s not what –
nevermind.
Deal another,
a flush of hearts,
ironic, no?
(no).
Count the stars again
one, two, three, heart.
What?
Four.
I thought you said heart.
I did.
What game are we playing anyway