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Death of a Gambler

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John Yaws
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since 10-09-1999
Posts 865
Texas


0 posted 05-11-2000 11:26 AM       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

Another grimy hotel room-
Another smoky bar…
Another game of five card stud…
O, cursed , unlucky star!

Black frock coat, brocaded vest-
Striped pants, comprise my suit.
A derringer in my right sleeve,
A dirk in my right boot.

Long and dusty were the trails
Which brought me to this place;
Hard, and long, the years, which put
These wrinkles on my face.

Born in Southern Georgia-
In eighteen fifty-one,
And after Reconstruction…
I had no choice but to run.

Riverboats, then Ellsworth-
Dodge City, Abilene-
From railheads, to the whistle stops
And everything between.

The Louisiana bayous-
And the Arizona sands…
It’s all the same, there is no home,
When you’re a gambling man.

Sitting at the table-
On another sleepless night…
I’m down ,  two hundred dollars-
And something isn’t right.

“Check? or Raise”? I think I’ll call.
I know what lies ahead…
I saw the dealer palm a card…
Soon someone will be dead.

“If you’re no slicker with a gun,
Than you were, with that trick…
Leave your money on the table-
Leave, and make it quick”!

Too late, I see they have me boxed-
Front, and left, and right…
I’ll take the dealer with me, as….
I enter Death’s long night.




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Denise
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1 posted 05-11-2000 11:34 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Wow! You sure do know how to weave a tale, John! Never a disappointment among them!

Denise
Kellsue
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since 05-06-2000
Posts 221
Waukesha, WI USA


2 posted 05-11-2000 09:53 PM       View Profile for Kellsue   Email Kellsue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kellsue

I've read both your Gambler poems and I just love them!!  They are so vivid!!  I hope there are more to come!

~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

 
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