Oct. 25, 2011

The Gamble

From The Uncommon Criminal by Kyle De Wolf (author's profile)


Oct. 11, 2011

Kyle De Wolf

I decided to take a gamble,
heads I win, tails I lose.
I wagered many years in prison
to gain a prize of rare value.

Now I'm told that I'm a loser
because I'm in prison.
Now I'm told that I'm a failure
because I'm in prison.

Now I'm told that my only hope
is to repent of my misdeeds,
turn over a new leaf,
and start over.

I hear people blame my parents,
my upbringing, the way I was raised,
or perhaps some trauma that I suffered
during the war.

I hear talk of addiction,
compulsive behavior,
it seems every man is a psychologist
and I'm on the couch.

Shh! Silence the noise!
My quarter is still in mid-air,
and I am waiting for the outcome
I've got a 50/50 chance.

While prison may seem a dreadful wager
to men with little heart or imagination,
the prospect of losing this gamble
struck me as less frightful
than not playing the game at all.

Please respect my choices,
and be quiet until the game is over.
There will be plenty of time for starting over
when the time comes.


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lru Posted 7 years, 11 months ago. ✓ Mailed 7 years, 11 months ago   Favorite
Just read your poem The Gamble.


That was beautiful.

I hope you win your gamble. Sometimes it seems like a long shot when other people are involved in the outcome of your gamble, but sometimes that just means the stakes are really worth going for.

vdruhe Posted 5 years, 10 months ago. ✓ Mailed 5 years, 10 months ago   Favorite

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