This is so true...could be lottery tickets as well, or drug abuse/addiction...alcohol, any number of other things...Online betting, ad nauseum.... You penned it very well. Thanx for the reminder, hopefully someone will learn from these words and seek the help needed to overcome. For it is never, or very seldom ever done alone.
Nice work here, i love when poetry has the power to giev an imagination to the reader a picture of the scene, i saw this mann sitting on taht bench with his hands up against his head i even imagined he had a black leather jacket black trouses and an open dark shirt on.
Good work here.
Life is for me to be - but always with a smile !