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

Updated on January 26, 2016
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

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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    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      So well written and the imagery is superb.

      Ann

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Surabhi Kaura 

      2 years ago

      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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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      manatita44 

      2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Manatita44 

      2 years 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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      Genna East 

      2 years 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!

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      Nadine May 

      2 years 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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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years 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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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years 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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      Nell Rose 

      2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      John Hansen 

      2 years 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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      Caroline Marie 

      2 years ago

      I love this Ruby! Very creative. :)

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      Tammy 

      2 years ago

      What wonderful story!

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      ahorseback 

      2 years ago

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Excellent writing here. You creatively shared a worthy hub.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 

      2 years 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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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Shannon Henry 

      2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      Maria Jordan 

      2 years 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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      WillStarr 

      2 years 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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      mckbirdbks 

      2 years 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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      Word 

      2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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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      manatita44 

      2 years 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      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 

      2 years ago from london

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years 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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