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Gambling Shuggy—The Encounter!

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Gambling Shuggy—The Encounter!

"If I feel physically,
            as if the top of my head been taken off, 
                     I know it's poetry."
                       --Emily Dickenson


No money no honey from this honey
You may look but won’t rub this fine tummy;
That maybe so, but I ain’t no dummy
Shining like gold—don’t you touch this Emmy!

Pay gone, drunk, smoky, come acting thuggy,
Don’t treat me like an Egyptian mummy;
You have nerves to tell me I look yummy
Step back—know that I will not be chummy!

Say what, you will find another bunny?
Git, to your saloon playing gin rummy;
Tonight I’m keeping safe my sweet plumy
Leave—before I pull my New York Jimmy!

Swiftly, before doorknob hit your bunny,
Shuggy—I ain’t got time tonight bummy!

© Joseph, November 28, 2008
© All Rights Reserved

Poetry Soup International Poetry Contest
Semi-finalist Selection, Jan. 2009.
Poetry Soup Weekly Featured Poem 
Sunday, May 24, 2009, to May 31, 2009

Joseph S. Spence, Sr., is the author of "The Awakened One Poetics" (2009), which is 
published in seven different languages. He invented the Epulaeryu poetry form, which 
focuses on succulent cuisines and drinks. He is published in various forums, including the 
World Haiku Association; Poetinis Druskininku, Milwaukee Area College, Phoenix Magazine; 
Möbius Poetry, and Taj Mahal Review to name a few. Joseph is a Goodwill Ambassador for 
the state of Arkansas, USA, a college faculty, and a military veteran.


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  1. Date: 7/5/2009 7:12:00 PM
    Joseph, I really enjoyed this one, lol, good work and congrats, now let me see where did the lid of my cranium land ?...hugs...Patty P.S. Thanks for your comment, means a lot to me.

  1. Date: 6/3/2009 9:25:00 AM
    Congrats on the refeature. Vince

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 12:38:00 AM
    Congrats on your double feature poem this week Joseph . Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 12:09:00 AM
    Congratulations and best of luck. Ernilando

  1. Date: 5/26/2009 12:42:00 PM
    Bro. Joe, I know you are such a rave ... very current, original and awesomely entertaining. Love it.

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 10:00:00 PM
    Nice work and best of luck in the next round...Raul

  1. Date: 5/2/2009 1:49:00 PM
    That's the strongest "send off" I've ever heard. Congratulations on saving your plumey. And yes, the top of my head has been taken off...rereading. Keep writing, Always, Dane

  1. Date: 5/1/2009 5:20:00 PM
    well the top of my head was taken off LOL..but wow..I never have seen a sonnet put so low...a sonnet? gah..Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/4/2009 1:15:00 PM
    Hello J, congrats on your mastepieces surviving the first round...truly deserving to be in the finals, awesome! Cheers, Ernesto

  1. Date: 4/1/2009 9:22:00 PM
    Good one, dear Joseph. Best wishes on your two excellent poems in the final round. lainie

  1. Date: 3/31/2009 11:32:00 AM
    Congrats Joseph on your two elegant poems making the First Round at the PoetrySoup. This is well deserved. I wish you success in the Final. Regards. -Mohammad

  1. Date: 3/30/2009 3:43:00 PM
    Congratulations on having two poems selected for the finals. Well done and best wishes for the final round. Hope you are doing well. Regards Heidie

  1. Date: 3/21/2009 7:08:00 AM
    See my big brother is up to LOL again this one blew me away Joe must be tax time again congrats on this being featured my friend and brother who dont call his little sister anymore boy mom is goign to give you a lesson and take that money and run on ya lol thanks for sharing Joe give family hugs for me

  1. Date: 3/20/2009 10:57:00 PM
    LOL, this is hilarious...Had me crackin up big time..Very creative flow. Well done~Just wanted to say what has already been said many times over, CONGRATULATIONS on this awesome write being featured this week..GB, Tyesha

  1. Date: 3/19/2009 1:23:00 PM
    Congrats Joseph on on your poem "Gambling Shuggy-The Encounter" being featured. Definitely different. God Bless. Vince

  1. Date: 3/18/2009 1:28:00 PM
    Hey you, great you...congrats on your sonnet being featured, bravo! How are you? Rgds, Ernesto

  1. Date: 3/16/2009 5:38:00 PM
    Congratulations on being featured this week! Smiles from Lolita

  1. Date: 3/16/2009 5:38:00 PM
    Congratulations Joseph on your wonderful poetry being featured this week! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 3/16/2009 12:46:00 AM
    Congrats on your feature this week Joseph.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 3/15/2009 12:40:00 PM
    Great use of language, Joseph! As always you've got another winner and a well-deserved selection to be a feature this week at the Soup. Congratulations!