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Gamble with the wind

Life is full of chances
But the number is not known,
Careful steps and sideward glances
Voice our fear of the unknown.

You've never played this game before
You do not know the rules,
Ant through each hand you’ll learn to name
The aces and the fools.

So when you reach the road that split
And grapple with your doubting mind,
You roll the dice of guess and wit
And gamble with the wind.

Life is full of choices
But the answers have been blurred
And the world, the world of voices,
They will echo to be heard.

The sky is never clear to see
Beyond each menial task,
And so allusive destiny
Approach you with a mask.

So when you've drawn your lot, advice
And once more, unsure, glance behind,
You take a breath and roll the dice
You gamble with the wind.

This table had been worn with scars
Its players left behind,
Where gamblers gambled through the years
The gamble of the wind.

So think before you cast the dice
And blindly draw the blind’s advice
For there will be a price.
Before you listen to the voice 
And take the chance and make the choice,
Before you guess you have to see
Your bet is your eternity
So think before your name is signed,
Before you gamble, gamble, gamble, gamble
Gamble with the wind.

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  1. Date: 5/20/2015 5:01:00 PM

    The first poem I read on this site in 2011 was your 'Ashes in the Snow'. Good to see you back again.....Ivor

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