I was away for the weekend and fell a little behind on posting for the poem-a-day-challenge, but I was keeping along with a few poem starts in my journal. The NaPoWriMo.net prompt for Day 27 asked for a poem using tarot cards and/or their imagery as inspiration. I happened to be visiting a friend that evening, who read a different sort of divination cards for me, so it was an obvious choice for poetic inspiration.
Five Joys a Day
A card falls out of the deck as I shuffle.
Dean, today my augur, laughs and sets it under a napkin.
It’ll be your fourth he says, grin across his face.
I am never sure I believe in all these mystical tools,
divination by tarot, angel cards or today, a nature-themed intuitive deck.
But I am open to the idea, or at least find it fun.
Whether it’s truth from some universal font of knowledge,
or convenient interpretation from a friend-turned-soothsayer
who knows me well, I want to believe him
when he holds up the fourth card, rosy pink,
decorated with flouncy hearts
a smiling sun
an outline of a bird
an apple tree
a wishing well
and says, You can achieve your goals if first
you find five joys a day
then sticks in a sharp pin of truth
and if you want to be truly happy
stop watching the news.