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A Hidden Trump up the Gambler's Wrist: a Poem

Updated on July 30, 2017
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Val is a life long student of the psycho-philosophy of living, and a devoted practitioner of many techniques enhancing personal evolution.

Getting a Good Hand---a Matter of Luck or an Ace up the Wrist
Getting a Good Hand---a Matter of Luck or an Ace up the Wrist

There is this legend of Old Mississippi

just as true as all legends may sound

about this gambler called ugly and creepy

who just kept losing round after round.

In saloon, stinky of gamblers' sweating

and gun-smoke from last cheater's death,

eyes drilling eyes, feet nervously fretting,

in the silence of everyone holding their breath.

So one more time he waits for his chance

to use that trump hidden up his wrist,

but then he has to drop all those plans

after learning that in poker trumps don't exist.

With everyone bluffing and pretending the same

at that table of greed and heartless deceit

and yet no place for trumps in the wrong game

no chance for him in his own way to cheat.

The legend has it that he learned the game

used that hidden trump as an extra ace,

played it like everyone without any shame

winning some, losing some, but always with grace.

Was that hidden ace still at play,

with all those gamblers, thugs and thieves,

it shouldn't be up to me to say

but he always played it with rolled-down sleeves.


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      Vladimir Karas 5 months ago from Canada

      Ruby Jean---Yes, it physically had to be like that for his sleeves to be rolled DOWN; because if his sleeves had been rolled-UP, his hidden ace would have been exposed.

      The poem was metaphoric though, depicting some realities in the process of every leader first coming in with a bunch of his own hidden ideas--- later on to adjust to playing the only game there is up at the top.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      He was a cool Dude! Always played with an ace up his sleeve, yet played with his sleeves' rolled down...