Hanged Man

Marseille Pack by Jean Dodal  :
Public Domain
Waite Pack by  Pamela Coleman Smith
 Public Domain
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Looped by one foot to a garret
Or a tree?  His wry look
Of apparent unconcern seems to say
‘I choose this’ or ‘This is my destiny’.
At any time the loop could let him fall
So it seems not so much to hold him
As to be a badge of office of his hanging there

Head down and haloed, hands
Out of play behind him as if
He renounces control, gives himself over
To a god who might slip the knot
Or not. Either way he is free.

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