Manikins

A man and a widow came to play
I was in a hurry 
I couldn’t stay

At least wait until the game starts 
He said
And showed me two black and white cards

The one you pick is a gift for you
The other, will curse us forever 

I see no game
I said confused

The visitors, now manikins, smirked in silence
One card said madess, the other said violence

The manikins vanished
Were they ever there?
I picked my cards
And cried in despair 

They knew from the start I was going nowhere

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