no joke

Overheard while they were playing cards
(back at ages 6 and 8)—
Go Fish, to be specific:
“Do you have a ‘5’?”
“No.”
“Do you have an ‘8’?”
“No.”
Then, “Do you have a ‘J’?”
A “J”?
Curious, I kept listening to hear:
“Do you have a ‘Q?’?”
Ah.
And then even, “Do you have a ‘joke’?”

Did I clarify “Jack,” “Queen,” and “Joker”?
Absolutely not.

I love the way
they express reality
before other versions of reality assert themselves.

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