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Traditional Solitaire potential combinations...


just different

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that clenched another win today

February 20th, 2024

(eight hundred and ninety yesterdays ago
since June 13th, 2021)

original crafting date of following poem,

when yours truly

single handedly trumped computer,
for umpteenth time,
which saw countless instances,
where all knowing one

witnessed all fifty two cards
automatically filling four stacks
anchored courtesy king
and nabbed another virtual trophy.

While in the midst of playing solitaire

(with losing outcome foreordained

after a couple moves), I became gripped

with combinations predicated on thirteen

ranks each of four French suits subsumed:

Clubs (♣), Diamonds (), Hearts (♥) And Spades (♠).


I totalled a sum of fifty two variations.


If one of four possible draws for king available,

(which could be either Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts,

and Spades), that would automatically determine

every subsequent card diminishing in rank

topped off with an Ace.


Please feel welcome to challenge my presumption
within a dark alley late at night.


The above calculation logical since a standard deck
(not surprisingly) comprises 52 cards
(4 suits of 13).

Each suit (Clubs ♣, Diamonds ◊, Hearts ♥, Or Spades ♠)
contains an Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
Jack, Queen, And King.

There are no duplicates.

No Google search yielded results
asper this nagging question, but unexpectedly
whet an immediate appetite describing
the history of plain old vanilla playing cards.

Said legacy encompassing the four suits
i.e. collectively represent four elements
(wind, fire, water, and earth),
the seasons, and cardinal directions.


They represent struggle of opposing forces
for victory in life. Each suit on a deck of cards
represents four major pillars of economy
during middle ages: Heart represented
Church, Spades represented military,
clubs represented agriculture, and
Diamonds represented merchant class.

King of hearts is the only king minus a mustache.

Face cards (Jacks, Queens, And Kings) so called
"face cards" because the cards
have pictures of their names.

One-eyed Royals (the Jack of spades
and Jack of Hearts often called "one-eyed Jacks"),
and King of Diamonds drawn in profile;
therefore, these cards
commonly referred to as "one-eyed".

The King of Spades ♠ ranks

as one of three immovable Fixed Cards

in the Cards of Life and resides

in the Crown Line of both Master Scripts

(Spirit and Life).


Said card, in situ, the most powerful card

in the deck.


A Jack or Knave is a playing card,

which in traditional French and English decks,
pictures a man in traditional or historic
aristocratic dress generally associated
with Europe of the 16th or 17th century.

The usual rank of a Jack, within its suit,
plays as if it were an 11
(that is, between the 10 and the Queen).

Charming, resourceful, personable and easy-going
best defines Jack of Spades.

Blessed with a creative mind,
this one-eyed Jack of the deck manifests
jais nais sais quois salient scrutiny
jest via virtue of lightness of his being.

The four card suits that we know today —
Hearts, Diamonds, Spades, and Clubs
(rooted in French design) circa 15th century,
but the idea of card suits is much older.

The written history of card playing
began during 10th-century Asia,
from either China or India,
as a gambling game.

That idea found its way to ancient Muslim world
before 14th century.

The oldest known deck of Muslim playing cards,
like the playing cards of today,
had four suits: Coins, Cups, Swords, and Polo Sticks.

These decks of cards then showed up
in southern Europe, but because polo sticks
were unfamiliar to Europeans, that suit
eventually changed to Scepters, Batons,
or Cudgels (a type of club).

In France, Parisian cardmakers
settled on Spades, Hearts, Clubs, and Diamonds
as the four suits.

The first adaptations of German card suits
constituted Leaves, Hearts, and Hawk Bells
(Acorns rounded out German suit).

Considering cards strictly made
for French upper class, tis little surprise
cardmakers chose expensive
Diamonds over common Acorns.

The French advanced card making utilizing
flat, single-color silhouettes for suits.

These images created with simple stencils,
made manufacture easy, quick, and inexpensive.

Innovative new, cheaper cards
flooded the market in the 15th century,
became popular in England,
and then traveled to America.


Contrary to contemporary belief four suits
meant to represent four seasons inaccurate.

Equally questionable 52 cards linkedin
to 52 weeks of the year.

Many numerological and religious

explanations asper composition
analogous to deck of cards postulated,
but these explanations purportedly created
ex post facto, perhaps to give deck-holders
a solid argument, that role deck of cards
maintained existed other than for gambling.

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mlowe5 says:

Profoundly beautiful! Love the messaging flow of metaphors, allegory, and wordplay. A powerful awareness poetic canvas of the title. Thanks for the share. ONE. Peace and Love.

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