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"Buk"ing the Odds

by David R Spellman

I’ve doubled up
my bet.
It isn’t worth
any more;
chasing losers
the way
to go.
My horse,
it broke
at the wire.
With hobbled legs
it fell,
then caught
on fire.
They extinguished it
along with
my wager;
the ashes spread
and far.
No one else
to notice


Author's Note: Dedicated to, and inspired by the writings of, Charles Bukowski.

Posted on 10/20/2007
Copyright © 2023 David R Spellman

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 10/20/07 at 02:13 PM

Humorous take on the questionable act of gambling--from my perspective.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 10/20/07 at 05:44 PM

Fun read Dave. Following the odds to the letter can make a bettor a better bettor.....Charlie

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 10/24/07 at 04:47 PM

Nifty reminder of one of my favourite writers. I wasn't aware he was into horse racing. :o)

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