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The Wisdom of the Aces

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LngJhnAg
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Last night I dreamt, in my fitful sleep, of all the things I sought,
Of the selfish ways that characterized what my life had wrought.
I dreamt of a place where games of chance demanded a higher stake,
And the ante to play was paid by withdrawals from a different kind of bank.

I dreamt I was walking through a casino of tables and roulette wheels,
Each highlighted but for a moment, then becoming vague and surreal.
Then just ahead, in its own special light, a table and chairs appeared,
And the woman there, in her black velvet gown, beckoned me to draw near.

She sat at the felt-covered table across from an empty chair,
With a deck of cards before her, she invited me to sit there.
"I notice this table is empty," I said.  "What are the stakes to play?"
"Nothing you haven't gambled before, and won't finally lose today."

"How much do you need for my ante?" I said as I gazed on her face,
Confident in my gambling abilities, ignoring the tone of the place.
Her emerald green eyes held me, I surrendered to their control,
"Surely you know this game by now; just a piece of your soul."

I'm always looking to get ahead, no matter the terms of the deal,
And I was flushed with the hidden passions that her green eyes made me feel.
So, eagerly I anted a piece of my soul to receive the cards she dealt,
The corners of her mouth uplifted as the first flashed o'er the felt.

Lifting the corner slightly, the ace of diamonds whispered to me,
"Trust in the riches you already possess, not in the ones you seek."
I smiled at this sage bit of wisdom; but I gambled by opening the bet,
A piece of my soul wouldn't cost much considering all I could get.

The next card appeared before me, as if coming out of thin air,
Bending it back only a bit, an ace of clubs greeted me there,
"Trust in your soul to guide you; you'll never lose your way again,"
I chose my own direction and bet more of my soul on the hand.

Each time I'd raised she'd pondered my bet, then, with her knowing smile,
She checked the balance of my account, then added to the growing pile.
"Can you really afford to play this game?" she said with a wicked laugh,
Pinning me down with emerald eyes that had reduced my soul to half.

The table hissed as the next card came and burned where it touched my hand,
An ace of spades joined the diamond and club, but I failed to understand:
"Trust the power of life to bring you joy, not in what could have been."
As with the others, I ignored this advice, and added to the pot again.

Though salvation lay in the cards in my hand, and in how I played this game,
When I lifted my eyes to the dealer, I felt despair for my soul all the same.
She held me pinned with her emerald gaze, with confidence in her eye,
Though I held three aces in three cards, my spirit and throat ran dry.

I licked the sweat from my upper lip as I prayed for the final ace,
And the ace of hearts sailed across and rested in its rightful place.
"Trust the power of love to save your soul, for nothing can buy it back,"
The advice it whispered fell on deaf ears; four aces can do all that.

A smile teased onto my lips as I welcomed this turn in my fate,
Four aces are rare and, without a doubt, worth the rest of my stake.
Her emerald green eyes flashed again as she dealt the last of the hand,
Whatever the card, it didn't matter, the aces alone would stand.

"The bet is yours," she counseled, "Remember the stake that I've set."
"I'll wager the rest of my soul," I announced, not understanding the bet.
Her wistful smile reassured me as I laid the aces out one at a time,
A diamond, a club, a spade, a heart.  I knew that the pot was mine.

She laid her straight flush on the table, with fire flashing in her eyes,
"You should have folded and saved your soul, but you had other things to buy."
"Now that you've nothing left to play, this game has come to its end,"
"You carelessly gambled away your soul, and you'll not have that chance again."

I staggered away from the table, but there was nowhere else I could go,
There are no suitable destinations for a man without a soul.
I reflected on all the things I had before I'd foolishly paid for my hand,
And realized the wisdom of the aces was now easy to comprehend.

Then I awoke and sighed with relief, for it had only been a dream,
The felt-covered table, the deck of cards, and the eyes of emerald green.
But just before those visions died in the light of the coming day,
I heard again, somewhere deep within, the wisdom of each ace.

"Trust in your soul to guide you and you'll never lose your way again."
"Trust the power of life to bring you joy, not in what could have been."
"Trust in the riches you already possess, not in the ones you lack."
"Trust the power of love to save your soul, for nothing can buy it back."
© Copyright 2003 Michael Waterman - All Rights Reserved
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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LngJhnAg
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2 posted 02-20-2003 11:02 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Hi, Karilea.  I was gonna submit something about kitties, but then.... well, you know.  Thanks for the wonderful welcome home.  I have not been a prodigal son, but I have been away too long.
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3 posted 02-20-2003 11:03 AM       View Profile for garysgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit garysgirl's Home Page   View IP for garysgirl

    
Bravo         Bravo


I wondered when your smiling face was
going to appear, Mr. Long John.
I'm really glad that you did....with an
excellent choice for the book submission,
so......*click*    

Hugs from
Ethel
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4 posted 02-20-2003 11:05 AM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

A truly wonderful treasure of wisdom here.... a definate vote for the book!!!!  Just decided this is a favorite of mine!!!!
REALLY GREAT POEM!!!!!!

Bridgette
LngJhnAg
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5 posted 02-20-2003 11:09 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Hugs to you, too, Ethel.  Thanks for your encouragement.
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6 posted 02-20-2003 11:24 AM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

Trust in your soul to guide you and you'll never lose your way again."
"Trust the power of life to bring you joy, not in what could have been."
"Trust in the riches you already possess, not in the ones you lack."
"Trust the power of love to save your soul, for nothing can buy it back."
===================================

and trust in your wisdom rhymes for they are divine.
The pirate comes back into poetry land port.
Welcome home you ole kitty kicker. *L*

" ... And think not, that you can direct the course of love ...
if it finds you worthy ...  it then directs your course."

K.Gibran

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7 posted 02-20-2003 11:26 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

I am so happy that your ship is back in port! You have been sorely missed by us all--and especially by Toe as he has lamented!

This poem encompasses everything!---but it's greatest value is the wisdom of its inherent messages. This was an very entertaining read and the reader comes away with something very special!

Warm hugs to you this fine morning!

EA
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8 posted 02-20-2003 02:07 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

I, too, know the power of making foolish decisions in the presence of green eyes. Loved the poem.
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9 posted 02-20-2003 02:08 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

It is with the utmost pleasure that I vote for this poem. It's nice to have you 'home' sir.
Joyce Johnson
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10 posted 02-20-2003 02:15 PM       View Profile for Joyce Johnson   Email Joyce Johnson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Joyce Johnson

What a wonderful piece to find this morning as I read throught the postings.  Joyce
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LngJhnAg
I remember this one and it is great. You got my vote.
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12 posted 02-20-2003 02:50 PM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cpat Hair

nice to see you back...

and nice offering...

despite what Toe and Deer say about you... you did manage to put together a fair number of words and have them make a lot of sense...
they swore you couldn't do it...

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BRAVO!!! Oh Michael, I knew you would come in with a blast, sweet friend, this is marvelous, I too don't believe in the lottery or blackjack or even that kind of luck in any instance, as the real winners are those who cherish and acknowledge they are love and to use it as the common tool! (big hugggsssssss) This is marvelous, sweet friend, yay, you have my enthusiastic vote, we all love you so much! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Michael, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton

"Underneath your clothes there's an endless story..."

Shakira

Sudhir Iyer
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14 posted 02-20-2003 03:23 PM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

This is great writing... Wonderful... and many thanks for the pleasure it gave me to read it...

Regards,
Sudhir
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15 posted 02-20-2003 03:45 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

FANTASTIC!!! This is sooo perfect for the book!

you have my vote.

Maree
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16 posted 02-20-2003 04:25 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

If it takes a book to drag your hide back in here, I'll be begging Ron to keep the printing presses running constantly! LOL

Now... yassure you'd rather submit this one than Toe's favorite??? ROFL!!!
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Hey, it's about time you showed up here And what an offering you've left us just when we'd thought you'd disappeared from the forums compleately! This one gets my vote, twice if I could. Some wonderful advice cast in the lines here
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18 posted 02-20-2003 05:58 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

This is a winner in my books!  Awesome write Mike.

          
~* Carpe' Diem *~  

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You're a winner in my book!!!
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20 posted 02-20-2003 06:17 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

YES!!!  Fantastic!
A must for the book!
~Hugs~

~ Trace my body with your words..
And in doing so, you touch my heart. ~

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21 posted 02-20-2003 06:44 PM       View Profile for KristieSue   Email KristieSue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit KristieSue's Home Page   View IP for KristieSue

yeahhhhh :-)  I didn't think I'd see you again.  Thought maybe Toe had scared you off for some reason or another....

now where's Mom??????



HUGGLES

oh, and please be nice to the kitties....pick on someone your own size :-)~
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22 posted 02-20-2003 09:20 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

longjohn...longjohn...hmmm..name rings a bell..oh, yeah!! kITTY KICKER!!!!

Wecome back, sailor! This was one of my favorites of yours...ok, my only favorite..ok, then, the only one I liked...

KIDDING!!!! Great to see you, Mike!
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23 posted 02-20-2003 09:34 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I'm glad you chose this one...

I not only don't vote for kitty kickers--

I KICK kitty kickers!



watch it LJ--smile--yer talent is showing!

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24 posted 02-21-2003 04:44 AM       View Profile for Charisma   Email Charisma   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Charisma's Home Page   View IP for Charisma

Ah glad to see one of yours here....enjoyed the read a lot

Charisma
 
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