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Lucky Day
by David Rumer

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Written for a horseplayer friend.Sadly, the beast was only lurking. It returned to claim our friend, Pete. This poem was published in an anthology.

               Lucky Day

"Across the board," he rasped,
  and laid his lucre down.
Let just this one come in today
  and he'd be on the town.
The odds were long, the nag had heart,
  and led from line to line.
He collected big, "My lucky day! . . .
  Just shed the cough, and I"ll be fine."

But Lady Luck, capricious wench,
  too soon was on her way.
The pain grew worse, the rasp held on,
  day after passing day.
The doc was grim, he brought bad news
  from frightful tests they ran:
"We're in a battle you could lose,
  we'll do the best we can."

The fight was on, with deadly rays
  aimed in the monster's lair.
Apothecary's witches' brew
  made nasty, sickening fare.
More rays and tests, and time stood still
  then came the fateful day;
the doctor smiled, "You've won the fight,
  the beast has run away."

His heart regained its beat once more,
  the future wasn't dim.
The life that was in others' hands
  had been returned to him . . .
Wagers won are small potatoes
  in a world of black and gray.
From humble depths, he murmured:
  "Thank God...this, is my lucky day."




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Reviewed by William Rowan 2/27/2004
Good one! It has a trace of Robert Service to it.
Reviewed by Floreann Cawley 8/26/2003
Excellent write..Floreann
Reviewed by Michael Morash (Reader) 8/26/2003
Brilliant. Full of emotion and sentiment...a poetic triumph. Bravo!

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