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MY POETRY HOME — trespassers welcome

dice and cards Outwitted Written at Home (GRA) Ilorin — Nigeria.
(Monday, April 17, 2002)
It was the peak of The Pilgrimage when
I went to a seedy gambling house at
the town square where park boys
pay for the juke box and enjoy
all-night ecstasies with strip dancers.

It has a snooker table where
dandies in satin with lace cuffs
rub shoulders with shirtless
butcher boys; where ladies of
easy virtue care-freely bare and
swing their uncorseted bosoms
to the delight of debauchers.

I anonymously staggered in and
pretended to be a preacher,
then talked to a buxom babe whose
hair was brown, brittle and wither'd
like November grass;
but she won't sit down at my table
because her own ragtag lover was
in there sitting at a dark corner table
watching all that transpired.

Over to another table I went therefore;
and I gambled there till every man's
fistful of hard currency notes became
mine by the laws of chance game.

Then I went out with the hit to carry
some vain airs, to brag about my superior
skills with the dice and coins.

But then came the ragtag man
holding a coin, and he swore
he could part me and my money.

Too proud to be challenged,
too greedy to be content,
I picked the dice and the coins,
then cast'd the lot but I lost.

Then more to my loss I cast'd
some lots over and again.

But all the time it was always
heads he wins, tails I lose;
until all my money was gone to
him and I had to go home a loser with
neither some pride nor a penny to my name.

© 2012, M-Auwal Gene III. All Rights Reserved
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