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Gambling
by Ronald W. Hull

Sunday, June 18, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I don't gamble, but an English professor friend of mine, 66, just got ten years for stealing university funds to pay her gambling debt--$355,000 from 2001 to 2003.

Baye's law is untrue . Trying many times does not improve your chances of winning.


Gambling

As I go gamboling down to my destruction,
I choose not to read the road signs.

The subtle lines, silent, amid my finds,
and continually take the wrong path.

I'm so smart my system’s iron tight.
So many tries the next one just might…

No… I know that it will hit,
Bayes law and a matter of whit.

Hocked my car, my house, and my retirement.
Borrowed from friends, relatives, and the sharks.

Robbed Peter to pay Paul, and through it all,
I'm cool and calm until the dog barks.

Without a bone, without a home--a gambling gnome,
waiting for that lucky break, that big take,

That never comes...

Copyright 2006 © Ronald W. Hull

6/17/06

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Reviewed by L. Figgins 6/25/2006
My debt is pocket change compared to hers. Not that I gamble.
It's a compulsion that's hard to break I would imagine. Sad at her age. My God, she's nearing retirement. But that may have been the motivation, initially. Think I know a bit about that kind of desperation. Hope there's a silver lining somewhere for her. Great write, Ron...
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 6/23/2006
Ron, how well you captured the path of destruction! I, too, have sadly seen some of the most [otherwise] sensible people, lose everything to gambling...around here, it's the ponies. A great shame, and seemingly, too late, once that ball starts rolling. Jude said it well...
Reviewed by Linda Roman 6/22/2006
Reviewed by jude forese 6/19/2006
if you don't like to lose don't gamble ...
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader) 6/19/2006
Oh my goodness.. This is rather enlightening..
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 6/19/2006
Gambling can be a very bad thing...many people and children suffer because of that!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Sara Coslett 6/18/2006
It is a horrible addiction. I know many people who have lost their lives to gambling. And it isn't just casino's and sports betting, it is the stock market too. I hope those who are on the path to destruction take heed from your words. ~ Sara
Reviewed by Peter Paton 6/18/2006
Ron
I could believe it would quickly become an addiction, like any other vice..
I am like Eileen...I hope your friend recovers from her fall from grace..
Peter
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/18/2006
I don't have a problem with gambling, except that I NEVER win...;) Ed
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 6/18/2006
...and it never does. This deliberate opted choice to liqufy assets into a one armed bandit's account is pure senseless. I hope this bit of wisdom cause some to think about the conseqences.
Susan
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/18/2006
Gambling can become an addiction like anything else! Very sad! Excellent poem Ron, you caught the essence! I pray your friend will recover and have a better, more sensible life, soon!



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