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Roulette Analysis

Author: poem of Robert Service Type: poem Views: 0

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I'll wait until my money's gone

Before I take the sleeping pills;

Then when they find me in the dawn,

Remote from earthly ails and ills

They'll say: "She's broke, the foreign bitch!"

And dump me in the common ditch.

So thought I, of all hope bereft,

And by my evil fate obsessed;

A thousand franks was all I'd left

Of that fair fortune I possessed.

...I throw it on the table there,

And wait, with on my lips a prayer.

I fear my very life's at stake;

My note is lying on the Red . . .

I know I'll lose it, then I'll take

My pills and sleep until I'm dead . . .

Oh God of mercy, understand!

In pity guide the croupier's hand.

My heart beats hard, my lips are dry;

I feel I cannot bear to look.

I dread to hear the croupier's cry,

I'll sit down in this quiet nook.

The lights go dim, my senses reel . . .

See! Jesus Christ is at the wheel.

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Kind folks arouse me from my trance.

"The Red has come ten times," they say.

"Oh do not risk another chance;

Please, Lady, take your gains away,

And to the Lord of Luck give thanks -

You've won nigh half a million franks."

Aye, call me just a daft old dame;

I knit and sew to make my bread,

And nevermore I'll play that game,

For I've a glory in my head. . . .

Ah well I know, to stay my fall,

'Twas our dear Lord who spun the ball.


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