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Klassy Lassy
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0 posted 12-30-2010 01:56 AM       View Profile for Klassy Lassy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Klassy Lassy

Under the eagle eye behind her
the card went into the slot
and he prompted the play.

Perpetual noise jangled,
whirring images, cymbols bangled
across the screen, ubiquitous splay.

The numbers tumble down, stay
for another spin, hope without
a prayer that luck will begin

With a new bet, jaw stoic
and stout, seeking one machine
and a better aura to flout.

One dollar, and then fourteen,
the woman seated next eyes the screen.
He pushes the button marked "cashout."

Moves away, for luckier sway,
and the watcher moves in,
convinced she's got a sure payout

In an abandoned hot spot...
odd, white slips cloned for green,
pale tongue of cold hearted machine.
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Andrew Scott
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1 posted 12-30-2010 02:48 AM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Man have I seen that look on every hopeful winner pulling the one-armed-bandit. Of course, now it's just a constant push of the button in the hopes of riches. I stay far away from those beasts. I prefer the slow play of 21. Your poem captured the scene well.

"We'll chase them like rats across the tundra."

Amaryllis
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2 posted 12-30-2010 03:09 AM       View Profile for Amaryllis   Email Amaryllis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Amaryllis

Amazing capture...though I have never played, it feels as if I`m there. I love the last line!

A
Klassy Lassy
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3 posted 12-30-2010 04:28 AM       View Profile for Klassy Lassy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Klassy Lassy

I do not enjoy the casinos.  The people look like animated statues, and the atmosphere is so heavy and stale.  I was in one today, and wished I hadn't gone.  ~K
XGarapanX
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4 posted 12-30-2010 06:43 AM       View Profile for XGarapanX   Email XGarapanX   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit XGarapanX's Home Page   View IP for XGarapanX

Wow. And yes, I have never set foot in one. This is an empty and fruitless endeavor in my view, though I can understand the occasional black jack or poker play can be based on the challenge and not on the lust or desire for wealth, but it is not for me.

·´~`·­»Garapan«­·´~`·

JerryPat
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5 posted 12-30-2010 08:12 AM       View Profile for JerryPat   Email JerryPat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat

I am not caught up in the nationwide glutton for the video poker, but I know people who are. They borrow money on their next paycheck and by the time the check comes they owe so much they have to start borrowing even sooner. Soon they decided it isn't feasible to pay back certain money and go on the the next "lender" for the cash in which to feed the insatiable friggin' machines. Nice work, Klassy.

To mimic is a form of praise unless
you have no thoughts of your own

Dark Stranger
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6 posted 12-30-2010 10:48 AM       View Profile for Dark Stranger   Email Dark Stranger   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Stranger

ms kl...now you see why I left Vegas years ago..it was like dead people were robbing the graves of each other..great capture ms
Klassy Lassy
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7 posted 12-30-2010 04:32 PM       View Profile for Klassy Lassy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Klassy Lassy

Your comments are right on to the atmosphere.  I am considered naive among my family and some of my friends for my reaction to these places, but there is a kind of coldness there that is detrimental to the spirit.  I too, know people who would haunt those establishments as the lines deepen in their faces and their eyes loose all luster, and what they have is never enough.  Breaks my heart, because money can't fix it, even if they were to win.

Dark, I went to Reno once.  I wandered around feeling alone and stifled. I can't describe it better than you did!  ~K  
ethome
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8 posted 01-02-2011 05:15 PM       View Profile for ethome   Email ethome   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit ethome's Home Page   View IP for ethome

Great writing Klassy you hit the nail right on the head!

Eric

ain't doin nothin at all just answerin the call
and kinda driftin away from it all

 
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