The Confidence Game

In blind man’s bluff

The confidence game we play

The stake’s to be negotiated

The consequences of what we say

The deck of cards

The wager we make

Our ability to deceive

What is at stake?

Self-interest is more dominant

A trait associated with those of fame

I before thou

The rule often used

An effort we make with no shame

We justify our questionable actions

We place ourselves out of view

A tactic that seems to work

For a conscience without any review

At times we must put faith in others

At times we must be willing to take risks

The day that the tables are turned

The walk in these shoes will be brisk

You told me that you’re covered

You told me that you’re OK

I thought I’d seek out confirmation

My expectation now validates my dismay

You said things intending to appease me

You said things only partially true

When did the confidence game become more important?

And what am I to construe?