twenty one


i’ve bet on a winning horse.
i’ve played high stakes poker with a royal flush.
the slots aren’t fun,
and whenever that little wheel spins, it lands on your lucky number, and then i remember you.
can’t you see i’m bored?
these are games of involuntary solitude.
you know i’ll give up all of them, if you glance at my table like you used to.


who cares what cards we’ve been dealt, i just want you hold them and sit there.
you have such a sweet tell when i call your bluff,
your eyes turn left and you smirk.
you look pretty enough for me to paint in excruciating detail.
i wish i had some memories to guide my brush, if i can ever find the right colours.
the world is one painting short and i care very much.


(the title twenty one is another name for blackjack, and the attached image is a royal flush from poker)

*interested in this stuff from a mathematical point of view only*


  1. caitpoetry says:

    Wowowowowow this is so amazingly written omg. The second part is so beautiful and the imagery is profound. This has to be one of my favourite pieces of yours. Hope you are well ❤ ❤

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  2. Ace says:

    Beautiful piece Aarushi! You should not at all be embarrassed, this is exquisitely done!!! You took my imagination on a ride and there are some really good lines here, especially the last one! Keep shining friend, hugs and love 🖤🤗

    Oh and I love “only interested from a mathematical perspective” 😂😂. You’re funny!

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