Winners and Losers
A poem about the pitfalls of gambling seen through a day at the horse races. As with every form of gambling, there are always winners and losers. Sometimes in unexpected ways.
Winners and Losers
by John Hansen © 2013
The crowd is cheering loudly
As they turn into the straight.
Betting tickets held aloft
“My horse is going great!”
‘Fleeting Glance’ is two lengths clear,
I’m sure to win a grand.
Oh no! that’s not the name
On the ticket in my hand.
I must have got my numbers crossed
When I put on my bet.
The one I backed is ‘Nothing Less’,
And she’s not coming yet.
I toss my ticket in the trash
So sure I’ve lost the lot,
When ‘Nothing Less’ comes flying home
And ‘Fleeting Glance’ just stops.
She takes the lead right on the line,
At 56 to 1,
The ticket’s worth five times as much
Then if ‘Fleeting Glance’ had won.
Frantically I scavenge
Throwing trash from out the bin.
As a hobo with a smiling face
Takes a ticket to cash in.
After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com.Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction.
I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren.
I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials.
It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems.
I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.