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The Spinning Wheel

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Balladeer
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0 posted 07-05-99 10:05 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

The crowd had slowly gathered 'round the table of roulette
To watch the stranger standing there who'd won fourteen straight bets.
Fourteen bets without a miss! They'd never seen it done!
The mounting chips that he had won looked like they weighed a ton.

The rest of the casino floor lay still - deserted there.
The slot machines were silent and the poker tables bare
As word had spread throughout the room of that tall stranger's run
The gamblers came from everywhere to join in on the fun.

I was there - just one small child -my first trip into town.
I never would have had the chance if sitters had been found,
But there I was, to dad's chagrin and momma's proud delight
To be a small participant on that amazing night.

His chips were growing steadily as he won two bets more.
Another one! And then-again! The large crowd roared and roared!
Eighteen! Nineteen! He went on, his fortune growing fast.
Each gambler there was wondering how long this run could last.

Then, suddenly, the stranger stood and took a sip of gin,
Then pushed the stacks of colored chips way out in front of him.
He said,"I'm growing tired, my friends. Here's what I'm gonna do.
I want to bet the whole amount on number 42."

The crowd was stunned! Was this man mad to do what he had done?
The rules say when you're way ahead you take the cash and run.
But he just smiled out at the crowd - another sip of gin -
Then motioned in a lazy wave to let the wheel spin.

The only sound for miles, it seemed, came from that spinning ball.
It echoed through the corridors and sounded down the hall.
Still, round and round the spheroid flew. When all was said and done
The silver marble came to rest on number 41.

The large crowd quickly dissappated, sadly shaking heads,
Back to seeking flushes, placing chips on blacks and reds.
The stranger stood there - who could know how bad this man must feel!
He tipped his cap in wry salute toward the spinning wheel.

He saw me standing, watching him. He looked at me and smiled.
He said, "You'll find a lesson here although you're just a child.
No matter how you live your life, you'll never truly feel
Until you wager all you have on one spin of the wheel."

So many years have long since passed from that casino night.
So many years to realize the stranger had been right.
My life is a successful one - few ups but fewer downs,
Reason, not emotions, keep my feet on solid ground.

I take what life may offer and I never take a chance,
Not in my work, not in my home, not even in romance.
I should be happy with myself, but how I really feel
Is the urge to put it all against just one spin of the wheel.

My chips are on the table. I'm as ready as I'll get
But, now that I am willing, there's no one to take my bet.
The tables have been long since closed till now, at last, I see
That there are no more spinning wheel chances left for me.

So late in life I realize the chances that I've missed.
Instead of wagering on life, I just chose to exist.
Don't be like me. Go live your life with vigor, zest and zeal,
And take opportunity to play that spinning wheel.

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 03-19-2000).]
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1 posted 07-05-99 10:10 PM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Very true, I truly enjoy these "little" snippets.

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Sally S.
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2 posted 07-05-99 11:09 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

How can you say these words I see?
How could you lead me to beieve....
That someone as thoughtful and kind as you
Thinks that their time is all but through?

Nay! I say....in forceful tone.
Your chances have not left you alone.
See, life can change for you overnight...
For the chance you take. You know I'm right!

I did not take the chances I should
And never thought I really could.
One day it happened and I knew...
I'd never settle.....Nor should you.

So, here I'll tell you...forget your vice
And listen to your own advice.
Do what it is you truly feel
And attack that silly spinning wheel!

[This message has been edited by Sally S. (edited 07-05-99).]
Nan
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3 posted 07-06-99 06:36 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

'Tis a good game, roulette...... You Bet!!
Kelly
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4 posted 07-06-99 11:17 AM       View Profile for Kelly   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kelly

Brilliant. It reminds me of a Bob Dylan song. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts.
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5 posted 07-06-99 03:00 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thanks for the feedback. Sally, you are right.....of course.
Kelly
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6 posted 08-29-99 01:38 AM       View Profile for Kelly   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kelly

Balladeer I really love this one. I had to go looking for it.
Michael
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7 posted 08-29-99 01:47 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Way cool, Balladeer.
Took this one like a stiff kick in the butt.
Glad it made it's way back up.

Michael
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8 posted 08-29-99 03:33 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Fun; and with an excellent message too 'Deer One
doreen peri
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9 posted 08-29-99 05:17 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

you've outdone yourself, m'friend

reminds me of the song by Charlie Daniels Band.... Devil Went Down to Georgia... and the lines, 'I'll take your bet/ you're gonna regret/ 'cause I'm the best that's ever been'. Find someone to say THAT to you... take her up on it and you've bet the bank.

loved it, my dear balladman
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10 posted 08-29-99 05:54 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Your talent with lyric poetry amazes me. I am hard pressed to come up with 4 rhyming stanzas, and you effortlessly whip out 13. Well done.

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"Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, morierus"
(Now as I hear this bell tolling softly for another, it says to me, "Thou must die.")


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11 posted 08-29-99 06:02 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thanks, Kelly, for digging and to all for your much appreciated comments
U K Hero
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12 posted 08-29-99 08:45 PM       View Profile for U K Hero   Email U K Hero   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for U K Hero

Now this I like, It has guts, charm, a smile, balls, thought and a moral.

more please.....
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13 posted 08-29-99 09:58 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

I can't believe how many poems there are here that I've missed. So glad this one was dug out from the archives. Once again, you have come up with an amazing poem, Balladeer. Thank you.

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*Elizabeth*

"Dwelt a maid belov'd and cherish'd by high and low,
But with autumn leaf she perish'd, long time ago..."

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14 posted 08-29-99 10:35 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I thoroughly enjoyed this small tale! You are truly talented!

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Denise
 
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