The Gambler’s Weeds

     The other day when I posted “Talk To The Hand” I remembered another poem concerning the Lottery, and gambling in general that I had written a few years ago, so naturally, I am compelled to share it with you now. Becoming forgetful, is not always a bad thing, if I post something that I have posted before, I can just say “I forgot.” I’m stealing that bit from comedian Steve Martin, who by the way, is an accomplished musician as well, (the banjo especially) and has his own band, “The Steep Canyon Rangers.” All of which has absolutely nothing to do with my post. I do hope you like it and are not tangled in the weeds of chance.

Have a tasteful, Tuesday,



 If you are at all,

           a bit like me,        

      then you play the lottery.

         To solve all your problems,

          one, two, three.

              And you dig a hole,

            for the money tree.

               But, when the hole,

               it’s dug too deep.

                 And you keep digging,

                  in your sleep.

                 And you have nothing,

                    left to keep.  

                 It’s not the willow,

                   that will weep. 

                     Nothing good grows,

                       from passive seed.

                          Use your thoughts,

                           for what you need.

                             And luck will find you,

                             with more speed.

                                  Than tangled in,     

                                the gambler’s weeds.

                                             Jack Downing

                                            May 2009

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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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8 Responses to The Gambler’s Weeds

  1. Michael says:

    Nice post Jake. !!!

  2. adeeyoyo says:

    A money tree, haha! Maybe it needs money for compost…

  3. Beth Ann says:

    Oh my goodness…that was great! I am not a gambler at all. Had it ingrained in me as a United Methodist that gambling was the worst evil above all which makes me laugh because there are definitely other things that are tolerated that can be worse. However, on this recent trip we did go to the casino. I have decided that I am not smart enough to gamble… have to think at the roulette wheel and that is not my idea of fun! 🙂

    • Have you never heard of “Dumb Luck,” or “Beginners Luck,” which are really one and the same? I was really “hooked” on scratch-off tickets, until the I finally got mad enoughat myself for playing the fool. Instant gratification, proved to be longterm desperation. I do still play the Big Games(multi-millions) for a dollar though, so I haven’t fully taken the cure. lol


  4. Just got home. Bought the 1-3-8 and 1-6-8 (boxed)for midday and evening. Those numbers are my usual and have been dancing around each other for a week. Time for right combo.

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