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Book 1 Page 37
My hand reaches into my pocket
to gather up the dollar coins,
then I stretch to the poky machine and like magic,
the machine and I are joined.
The money tinkles down,
the symbols start spinning.
My heart rate goes up,
in anticipation of winning.
“Win some, loose some” I think that is how the game goes,
where it stops, nobody knows.
“Come on! It’s a win!” I shout,
As I grit my teeth and grin.
For deep down inside I know,
it will absolve me from my sins.
For the money was meant for other things.
No use in such concerns now, or such worrying, for;
It’s a win! everything’s gonna
be “all right. “
There’d be food on the table
Money for nothing, Ha, such an easy game.
Nothing like a bet to hide some ‘other’ pain.
Feeling lucky, got good vibes,
I’m on a high now.
Everything is going to be
all right somehow.
In goes more dollars, the symbols are spinning.
The feeling is strong again, on winning.
Win some / loose some,
that how the game goes.
Where it stops,
Damn! O well! You can’t win every time.
There’s still money left over and the bells are gonna chime.
Cause round and around
the symbols spin,
could be that 'lucky win.'
For hours and hours
the same lucky theme,
nerves are high
Round and round
my head starts to spin,
for a desperate win.
Cause deeper and deeper into trouble I go,
Where I’ll end up, nobody knows.
Oranges and lemons, / my head’s in a spin.
Oranges and lemons, /Oh the trouble I’m in.
Dollar by dollar the money goes in,
what am I going to tell the family again.
What am I going to do
when the money’s so tight?
What am I going to say
when there’s no tea tonight?
Oranges and lemons the bells of St Clemons,
a tissue, a tissue, we all fall down.
© Written by Dominic John Gill www.poetry.net.au 1/4/99 firstname.lastname@example.org