the problem with tarot

the problem with tarot
& other divination

is simply this–

why shuffle a deck of cards
to get an obscure answer

to the wrong question

when you can simply
frame your lover’s face

in your palms

tilt his chin up
until your eyes meet, ask

& read your answers there

or are you afraid
of such honesty?


***inspired by an invitation for a free “Love” tarot reading in my junk e-mail 🙂


About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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35 Responses to the problem with tarot

  1. boomiebol says:

    Wow Susan this is brilliant…you are dishing them out this week. Like this much :).

  2. amivglobus says:

    I think most people are afraid of such honesty. Lovely work.


  3. Amen! That’s wonderful !

  4. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    Yeah, but cards don’t talk back. . . at least not in the way you think.

  5. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    Seriously though, I like this. I go back and forth on the subject of card reading. But if you get someone’s face in your hands that should tell you a lot of things! 🙂

  6. nelle says:

    Through the bullshit, illumination.

    One of my favourite novels involves tarot cards (Sepulchre) although I’m with you on the sentiment.

    • 🙂 used to read them, thanks to my sis talking me into trying it out… I always used to tell my friends that wanted to know about their romantic relationships to TALK TO THEIR PARTNERS and not waste my time, or theirs 🙂

  7. Rhonda says:

    i like the idea you penned so well, of seeing the answer in the eyes of one you love…but i AM still curious about the other. ?????

  8. Yes, yes I am. Loved this.

  9. doncarroll says:

    wow….that was splendid:)

  10. Ignorance versus uncertainty – whixh is better? Can one read the truth in the eyes of the loved one when emotions drape the eyes? are the truths that matter always visible to the eyes? beautiful poem.

    • Hmmm. I believe that everything is uncertain; that is a given. Ignorance, on the other hand can often be dispelled by simply asking a question. Darn it, Noel, as always, you challenge me to go deeper still 🙂

      Glad you liked.

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