Monday, 11 November 2013

Roll Em!

A gambler sidled up to me
laying cards upon my table
Eyes alert and burning hot
"Spare a moment if you're able"

"I need to share my story
If you have a listening ear"
warily I weighed the odds
Gave a nod and sipped my beer

"I have a sure fire certainty
a flawless plan to win the house
with serendipity such simplicity
Using cocktail sticks I dowse"

How kind it is you share with me
your supernatural absolute
but I have found a better way
to take advantage of my loot

There's nothing to it really
it's the odds that rule my day
Punters have their woeful hopes
with my winning ways I say

I have no need of loaded dice
nor wooden wands that dowse
for the palace just across the road

Is my twenty seventh lucky house

Way back in the 1960's I recall a Bob Dylan song 'Frankie Lee and Judas Priest'. I found it to be a somewhat sinister yet startlingly evocative story and I still recall these lyrics more than most other songs I've ever heard.
This particular post 'Roll Em!' Is a rhyme which seemed to write itself though on  reflection I feel it was inspired by that very song. I recommend listening to the original version of 'Frankie Lee and Judas Priest' as found on the John Wesley Harding LP. If you are smart enough to have acquired a copy of  this great Bob Dylan masterpiece I raise my hat to you.

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