Narrative poetry, The unpredictable life of a gambler's wife

A once-in-a-life-time double roll, whoa!

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It's four o'clock in the morning. The last flicker dimmed in the smoldering fireplace

I'm sitting here shivering, too uncaring to replace the wooden logs, or to continue running this dismal race

Seems I always come in second even though I keep up a hurried pace

Sometimes I wonder if you are the devil's invisible friend?

You seduce, you demand, then you disappear around the sightless bend

You call and expect me to come running wherever you decide to land

A sleepy motel, or if I'm lucky in Vegas in the VIP Grand

This time I think I'll pass and remember my mother's warning, " Once a gambler always a gambler. One day he's broke the next day his pocket's jingling with dough "

I think I'll see if I can get the fireplace going again, stoking the smoking logs, I see a flicker, soon the flame is sparkling. Geez it feels like I've hit the jackpot, if so, I think I'll relent and join him and play the roulette wheel, perhaps if I'm lucky I'll hit number seven on a-once-in-a-lifetime-double-seven-roll Whoa!

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billybuc 10 months ago from Olympia, WA

You have improved so much as a writer and poet...I think this is your best work, Ruby!


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Wow! Bill when you think I'm improving It makes me a happy camper. Thank you so much...


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manatita44 10 months ago from london

Unpredictable, alright. Alluring, tempting! Perhaps you'll hit the jackpot. A wonderful narrative piece, Ruby.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello manatita. This was a fun write on a snowy Monday. I'm dreaming of the tropics, think I'll write about the sun and sand. Thanks for the wonderful comment.


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manatita44 10 months ago from london

Then we'll go together, Ruby. We can swing on my hammock; look at the azure sky, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. We can drink the caribbean strong rum and dance to the calypso and steel band beat, while partying on our yacht. Ha ha.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

O.h manatita, you speak of things I dream about! Wooah! Hee.. My yacht is set to sail any day now, so look for me while you swing on your hammock. I'll be listening for the music. Calypso! Yea....


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word55 10 months ago from Chicago

Hello always, What do you know about gambling? Don't you know that is a disease? anyway, this was a very interesting story/poem. You laid it out very well.


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby - I liked the subtle comparison to the gambling and the fire. You have always held your reader's attention. Your subject matter is very diverse. No waiting for your offering of sun and sand and yachts and rum.


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WillStarr 10 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I agree with Bill, Ruby Jean...you have reached a new plateau as a writer. Excellent work!


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marcoujor 10 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

What a perfect song to accompany your work...

...with you, "every hand's a winner", dear Ruby...I'm packing now to join you in the tropics...


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello word55. I must confess that I love to play blackjack and the roulette wheel, but I can either play or not. I know it is an addictive habit like many habits. I'm glad you came to read. Thank you.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike. I never know what I'm going to write about. I hear a song, see a picture, etc. When I look out at this snow, I want to go south. If it weren't for my sis Mary I would be in Fl. but it will pass and soon spring will arrive. manatita's ' invite ' sure sounds inviting. Hee. Thank you..


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Will. It's so good to see you! I'm ready for a good story from you. Thank you for your complimentary remark. Smiling BIG time here..


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh Mar, wouldn't that be wonderful, maybe Martie will go with us and we'll have a ball dancing to calypso music. Sounds like manatita will have all the ' supplies ' Hee. Thank you..


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shanmarie 10 months ago from Texas

Great read, Ruby! Wasn't quite the ending I expected. But I guess if you can't beat 'em, you might as well joun 'em!


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello shanmarie. When I started to write this piece I had no idea where I was going. When I started to write it I was feeling down about the weather, snow everywhere. Then I thought I might as well have some fun too. lol I laughed at your comment. Thank you..


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Ericdierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

There is a special place for good writers when the mind hits the jackpot of letting go and letting it flow. This flowed baby flowed. Thanks.


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m abdullah javed 10 months ago

Excellent narration of an apathy and the helplessness, the comparison of gambling with an unease and unpredictable life is a worth consideration. Mother's warning beautifully summarises the annoyance. Thanks for sharing Ruby.


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DDE 10 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Excellent writing here. You creatively shared a worthy hub.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Eric. I guess you could say that I let it rip. Hee. Your comment made me smile. Thank you so much.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello m Abdullah. So happy you liked this piece. I think we all can relate to our mother's warning about the addiction of gambling. Thank you much for coming to read...


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DDE. Your comment is very generous. I am glad you liked it. Thank you..


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ahorseback 10 months ago

This is good I'll raise you twenty and call ! ......Can I do that ?.....LOL


Tammy 10 months ago

What wonderful story!


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carolinemd21 10 months ago from Close to Heaven

I love this Ruby! Very creative. :)


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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

A great narrative poem Ruby. I imagine a gambler's wife may feel those emotions. Always loved that Kenny Rogers song. Well done.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

HaHa Ed, I'll raise you twenty and very carefully take an ace I have hidden in my palm. lol, I win!


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Nell Rose 10 months ago from England

Hi Ruby, this was great! I love the way you wrote it, and hoped it would turn into a short story, wonderful!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 10 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Loved this Ruby and as I started to read the song went through my mind and at the end there it was. Wonderful!


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nell. So good to see you. Happy you enjoyed. Thank you. Hugs.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Rasma. Thank you. I love Kenny's song The Gambler and thought it would go well with this piece. I'm glad you liked it. Thank you. Hugs.


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Frank Atanacio 10 months ago from Shelton

you got to know when to hold them, and know when to fold them..:) a great little narrative my friend :)


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Frank. And walk away if you're a loser: Thank you my friend..


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Shyron E Shenko 10 months ago

Ruby, this is fantastic, this reminds me of my son, he came in 131st place out of over 4000 in the "World Series Poker Tournament." Bill is right you are getting better and better.

I am so excited I can't wait for your next work of art.

Blessings and Hugs


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AudreyHowitt 10 months ago from California

Oh this would be a tough row to hoe I think--you have captured it so well Ruby! This is a wow!


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Nadine May 10 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

What a lovely way to express the thoughts around the addiction of gambling. Well done.


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Genna East 10 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Your narrative reads like a profound song, Ruby. I agree with Billy and Will...you have reached a superb new plateau with your writing. This is wonderful!


Manatita44 10 months ago

In Germany. I have felt an affinity with you for some time. Perhaps you have a caribbean spirit. If i find the money or win the jackpot, I will definitely invite you. I hear that America has had some blizards recently. Long live the sun!


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Tammy. Thank you for the wonderful comment. Hugs.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Caroline. So happy you enjoyed. Thank you..


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello John. My sister's husband was a gambler. She dearly loved him, but life was unpredictable. I thought of her while writing this. Thank you.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shyron. Wow, your son had to be good. Your comment is so generous. Thank you.Hugs.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Audrey. Wow, I like that wow. Thank you so much. Happy you enjoyed.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Nadine. Thank you. Your comment is appreciated...


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna. Your comment is heartfelt. I enjoy trying new subjects, so glad you liked this. Thank you. Hugs.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello manatita. I read that you're in Germany a lot. Do you like it there? I truly think I should have been born in the south. I love it here in the summer but winter is usually severe. I did visit Jamaica in the seventies and loved the atmosphere, the music, the white sand and the people. I think we feel close because of your kindred spirit and beautiful poetry. I don't know why but since I've aged I've developed a fear of flying so the only way I could get there is to be unconscious. lol. Thank you my friend.


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manatita44 10 months ago from london

Ha ha ha. I'll take some smelling salts and use it on the beach, he he. We have a Temple in Heidelberg and it's unique! All marble, and incredibly peaceful. No one speaks there, the Silence is just too profound!

Anyway, back to your Hub. let me not take up too much of your great Hub. Much Love, my dear friend ...yes, kindred spirits!


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello manatita. Smelling salts, Hee. I know the temple must be beautiful and peaceful. I'm sure you must get your inspiration from such a place. You are special to be able to draw from that experience. Yes kindred spirits. We both feel that God rules our universe. His will is done in all aspect of our live. I live by that rule as I'm sure you do too. Hub Pages is blessed to have you and so am I. Peace and love dear friend.


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bravewarrior 10 months ago from Central Florida

Ruby, this is interesting. She goes from no longer taking a back seat to getting up front and taking control of the wheel. We take many gambles in life. I love the symbolism embedded within your poem.


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Surabhi Kaura 10 months ago from Toronto, Canada

Hi there, Ruby. Thoroughly enjoyed reading your poem. Life is like a piece of gamble sometimes, but so long as the gambler has the control, there's a probability to win a jackpot. Rule of thumb prevails. Cool, yeah. Well done.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shauna. I have never been involved with an addictive gambler, but I know of one man in our family. One day they were ' on top of the world, the next, no money for milk for the children. I just wanted to have some fun too by joining him. I'm happy that you liked this piece. Thank you..


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Surabhi. I agree. Life is a gamble, and it can be fun to gamble. The problem is when it rules your life, and you are unable to walk away when losing. Thank you for coming by.


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annart 10 months ago from SW England

So well written and the imagery is superb.

Ann


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ann. I am always pleased when you visit and leave superb comments. Thank you...

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