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Updated on April 4, 2012

Wayne Brown

What have you got that’s so much to lose?

Go for broke if inclined and you so choose!

This is America so you’re free to lose

Everything you have; anyway you choose

How much can you stand; the pressures on?

Do you feel the stress moving through your bones?

Still, it’s better than being home alone

This is America where you can choose what you do wrong

What will it all matter at the long journey’s end?

Will we just divide up all the stuff and start over again?

Is this a game that you can lose or win?

You bet it is! This is America, my dear old friend!

Will you double down when the cards look good?

Will you take a chance the way that you should?

This is America where everything is good

Go for broke and then knock on wood!

It will all come out in the wash or so they say

Every day in America is a brand new day

You didn’t really need what you lost anyway

Come on, bet again, and see what they say

If nothing is ventured then nothing is gained

The rugs not wet and the carpets is unstained

But who has the sense to come in out of the rain?

In America success always comes with a little pain

Are you luckier at cards than in the game of love?

Do you have special talents handed from above?

Will you take a little push then give a little shove?

This is America, are you a hawk or a dove?

Cross your fingers and keep your money in a pocket

Put your wife in the closet, close the door and lock it

Then jump into you Caddie and take off like a rocket

America, the land of opportunity, so buddy don’t knock it

Wish into one hand and then crap into the other

Check what you have and see which goes further

Don’t count your money in the presence of your mother

You’re on top in America; a place like none other

Pickpockets, grifters, con-gamers and all the rest

Hour by hour they will put you to the test

Taking the money pressures off of your chest

You’re in Washington son, with America’s best

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop...Thanks much! WB

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Loved the poem and the message. Up and awesome!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @CMerritt...This is something my mom you use say to me only a bit more graphically when I told her how much I wished for something absurd. LOL! You are right, in dealing with Washington you are better to do the other because wishes don't come true if you have a job, pay your bills and try to save a little money to take care of yourself in old age. That makes you the exact person who they don't give a tinker's damn about because you are not "needy" enough to satisfy their power and ego. WB

      @Truckstop Sally...A little ditty that just came to me from out of nowhere. I think those bastards in Washington inspired me to write it now that I think about it! LOL! WB

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      I stared humming The Gambler song (by Kenny Rogers and Johnny Cash) while I was reading . . . and then after The Frog Prince's comments -- know when to hold 'em . . .

      The line is so true: This is America so you’re free to lose

      Everything you have; anyway you choose

      I love Las Vegas, but I don't gamble. See some shows, eat, drink, and be merry. I don't think I have a poker face anyway. Ha!

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Wayne....the line "Wish into one hand and then crap into the other" may very well be the best line of the year....and sums up washington politicians in ten words...

      genius poetry....

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @The Frog Prince...That'd be some good advice, Frogman! WB

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - Being a gambler, I learned when to hold em and when to fold em. Takes a while but sometimes it's best not to play the hand you have. Then if you are foolish enough to play what you know isn't a winner, then prepare to suffer the consequences. Don't the farm on foolishness. Sometimes it is better to walk away with a little than play to a busted flush.

      The Frog

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @MartieCoetser...So very is about the gamble and the challenges which can be called "opportunities" if one is in the right mindset. WB

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      Oh Wayne, you can change the word 'America' to 'South Africa', and many-many other countries, and this poem of yours will still be a stunner. If we think conditions were easier and better before, or will be in the future, we are actually dreaming of ice in the dessert. As soon as one problem gets solved, ten others become visible. Living and playing poker is indeed one and the same thing. Take care!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Becky...You are correct. I have a couple of technicians residing there and have to travel to the area occasionally. More than 48 hours in the town is agony. I always just pick an amount of money that I consider I can afford for the entertainment of playing the machine and go that way...if I win, it is an unplanned and unexpected surprise. Of course that makes it all the more painful as you have to try to get out of town with your winnings in your pocket. WB

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      Becky 6 years ago

      I was raised in Reno. I don't gamble at all. How do you think they can afford to pay those humongous utility bills, all those employees, and extremely cheap buffets? The odds are in their favor.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @writer20...The dark side of gambling does not show its face enough in the light of day. Life is becoming one hell of a gamble in and of itself for too many people. I am afraid the same solution/choices may show up. WB

      @Fiddleman...Did I mention that I stayed at Holiday Inn Express last night! Yahoo! LOL! WB

      @Deb Welch...That thing just popped right out...don't know where it came from...just picked up my pen and there it was running all over the paper. WB

      @marellen...It certainly is and getting worse by the day thanks to those who "represent" us in Washington. Talk about a band of thieves! WB

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      marellen 6 years ago

      Very truthful poem. Life is just one big gamble.. more than ever these days.

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      Deb Welch 6 years ago

      Your poem is very excellent and very true.

      I saw me in a few lines - luckier at cards (poker) -

      Only a sprinkling of talent from Lord Above and I

      have become a mean Dove.

      Thank you.

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      Fiddleman 6 years ago

      Wayne you're a genius!!!! Loved the Ray video.

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      If you lived here in Las Vegas you would here all about winners, then those who have lost everything-commit suicide in the hotel rooms or else somehow get totally drunk and arrested for exposing their unhappy souls, how that happens without money, I don't know.