A Fool At The Wheel

     As in the words of two thought-provoking authors, “A fool and his money are soon parted” (Ben Franklin) and “You got to know when to hold’em, and know when to fold’em” (Don Schlitz, from the song ‘The Gambler‘, sung by Kenny Rogers) having the sense to know when to quit is paramount to success for the gambler… Here is an example of what NOT to do, when “lady luck” chances to smile in your direction.

A Fool At The Wheel

 Destiny smiled a welcome,

and “lady luck” danced with fate,

as the wheel had come to rest,

with the ball, in the ebony eight.


 The dealer’s wheel in spin,

had been chanced by will,

visioned clear, as crystal,

the dealer’s wheel, now still.


 Exhalation followed pause,

as the eyes brought on belief,

and that all, and everything,

not lost, brought on relief.


 Fortune’s touch be had,

as sure as the “Midas” hand,

then sated not, the lust a’boil,

with greed now in command.


 For the money of the fool,

departs with greater speed,

the longer placed in jeopardy,

beyond the call of need.


 Jack Downing

Dec. 2011

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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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4 Responses to A Fool At The Wheel

    • Do you know how many pics I had to look at, to find one with the ball in the eight spot? I’m not going in search of ones with the 5 and the 32, but thanks for the tip..


  1. Michael says:

    Jake, This post is really great. I love it. Thanks for sharing. Best Regards.

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