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The Bride of the Gambler

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John Yaws
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0 posted 05-10-2000 03:58 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

A lady of the evening,
Met a shifty gambling man.
They made their plans for leaving
When he asked her for her hand.

They were cast off by society…
Both thought it far too late-
To know true love and romance…
Could this be some whim of fate?

They talked of days of long ago-
Compared their whims and dreams.
And laughed at all the common ground
And places that they’d seen…

He said, “We’ll leave tomorrow-
But tonight I’ll win our stake”.
Not knowing that he’d told a lie…
By dawn her heart he’d break.

It seemed that he could do no wrong.
He’d won near every hand.
No matter which man dealt the cards…
The game he did command.

His dreams grew near with every pot
And just before the dawn-
He felt that he had won enough…
‘Twas time to move along.

He pushed back from the table-
And he said, “I’m cashing in”.
A player said, “Oh, no, you’re not”!
While glaring hate at him.

He said, “I think you’re cheating”!
He was drawing as he spoke…
Two men lay dead upon the floor,
Beneath the powder smoke.

They found her in an alley-
For her heart had broke to hear…
Her dreams of love snatched from her
When she thought they were so near…

A hole in her left temple
From the pistol in her hand…
Too tired to go living-
So she chose to join her man.  

They tell me if you go at night
Down by the river side.
The lady walks the river bank
She is the gambler’s bride.

No place in life for loser’s-
They say it’s quite a sight,
The two of them together..
As they meet there every night.


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Sunshine
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Listening to every heart


1 posted 05-10-2000 04:01 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I could picture every draw of card, every bluff of the eyelid...and smell the smoke of the pistol...

well done, GS!
Kellsue
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since 05-06-2000
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Waukesha, WI USA


2 posted 05-10-2000 10:00 PM       View Profile for Kellsue   Email Kellsue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kellsue

I could picture everything as I read it.  Very very good poem!!!!

~Kelly


 Reflect upon your present blessings-of which every man has many-not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. ~Charles Dickens

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill

Poet deVine
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Hurricane Alley


3 posted 05-10-2000 10:02 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Excellent sir! (BTW..congratulations on being on the 'spotlight' at Spyder Empire's Ezine this month!!! )
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4 posted 05-10-2000 10:30 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

GOOD TO SEE YOU AS ALWAYS, 'SLINGER.
Denise
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5 posted 05-11-2000 11:32 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This one gave me the chills. Very well told tale, John!

Denise
JamesMichael
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Kapolei, Hawaii, USA


6 posted 05-11-2000 03:32 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Very interesting to read and the death of the lady of the evening touched my heart..I have felt these same feelings in a relationship...so sad that her dreams of love were lost...   James
 
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