NaPoWriMo 2018 : Day 27 – A Tarot Poem- Five of Wands…Two of Cups

Today we have a new interview for you, with Lauren Hunter, whose first book of poetry, HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS, was published last year by Birds LLC. You can read some of Hunter’s poetry here and here, and you can check out our interview with her here.

Today’s prompt follows Lauren Hunter’s practice of relying on tarot cards to generate ideas for poems, we challenge you to pick a card (any card) from this online guide to the tarot, and then to write a poem inspired either by the card or by the images or ideas that are associated with it.

I’ve never been to a tarot card reader till date and I haven’t taken any interest in tarot cards up until this day, so this prompt was challenging. But with this, I intend visiting one soon…not the one in my poem though  😉


When-
neither Astrology
nor Numerology
seemed to work
and dark clouds above us continued to lurk,
we turned to palmistry
to solve the mystery
that our lives had turned
and our dreams had burned.
When-
a study of the palm
had not provided a balm,
and change in a name that was cool
did not the stars fool,
we turned to the turbaned man on the street
the one with grimy hands, dirty feet;
on his shoulder sat a talking parrot
that could tell the future with the tarot.
When-
on the mat, the seventy-eight cards were laid-
“Rs. 100 per question must be paid,”
His teeth stained red, his voice coarse and gruff,
A folded note on his palms we placed, his nails black with snuff;
asked, “What will our future be?”
“Raju here will pick the card and we will see…
 His moustache he twirled and ” Oh!…Five of Wands! Not good, not good,”
One more hundred in his hand, “Ah! Page of Cups, better, better but still not good…
When-
the tenth hundred, from us had gone
Two of Cups, finally drawn
Ha Ha he roared, ” Go home, go home, hurry, hurry” 
“Your future I see money, too much money. Nothing at all to worry!”
With a click of the tongue, Raju lurched
And back on his cage, went back and perched.
Our crinkled brows… smoothed and straightened,
Parrot and Tarot, our future had brightened!
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Indian Tarot Card Reader
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