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Gaming Table with Tonya Beckman Ross
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One night I found myself in tears wishing I were somewhere other than where I was.

The next morning I dragged my spirit out of a ditch and told myself to get on with it. I wrote the poem below as part of that process.

Don’t like the cards you’ve been dealt? Deal yourself a new hand.

 

 

a royal flush

©2015  punkie

 

 

oh how we long

for things that are gone

a lover, a mother,

the life of another

 

we’re here all alone

our hearts turned to stone

ghosts come to haunt us

the past lives to taunt us

 

come hither they say

forget it’s today

remember your losses

make memory sauces

 

rue those left behind

somewhere in your mind

take a knife to your heart

deftly tear it apart

 

yesterday beckons

offers you seconds

it’s never too late:

heap regret on your plate!

 

touch faded faces

go to lost places

don’t count your blessings

leave wounds without dressings

 

all is in tatters

nothing else matters

it seems you’re the master

of total disaster

 

you screwed up your life

stopped being a wife

now the piper wants paid

and you rarely get laid

 

the boss makes you sick

so you call him a dick

that isn’t a winner –

the money gets thinner!

 

how could you have known

your cover was blown

when the lie that you told

on ebay was sold?

 

hang up on that call

to hell with it all

leave the past in the past

where the die has been cast

 

don’t wallow in sorrow

but look to tomorrow

where the future is brighter

for those of us fighters

 

no point in crying

or thinking of dying

or drowning from guilt

in milk that’s been spilt

 

create what you want

success you can flaunt

play the cards you’ve been dealt

with stuff under your belt

 

you have what it takes

to make the world shake

be gutsy, find glory

and change the whole story.

 

 

©2015 Susan Macaulay. I invite you to share my poetry and posts widely, but please do not reprint, reblog or copy and paste them in their entirety without my permission. Thank you.

 

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