Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Getting Lucky

I've never understood
why they call it getting lucky.
Too many times
the sun through the blinds
has shown won-the-lottery lust to be
stale as last night's beer.

Rolling over this morning,
I find myself face to face
with the unluckiest number
(needs three friends to score an eight),
and I wonder if it's too late
to vacate
this crazy space
in my head
that keeps ignoring the odds
and buying a ticket.

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47 comments:

Robert Gibson said...

Love it, Mama Z ... damn that space that keeps buying a ticket and wasting emotional resources against the odds!

Anonymous said...

"to vacate
this crazy space
in my head"

I wonder.

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Brian Miller said...

oy...yeah, not good to roll over to an unlucky lottery number....esp when your head is already pounding...dang beer goggles...

Steve King said...

But somebody's gotta win...eventually...maybe...Pointed and perceptive. Here's to the eventual 'good' luck.

Joseph Hesch said...

Stopped rolling them bones a while ago, Z. But a poet needs inspiration, right? Cool piece with a great hook. :) xo

Daydreamertoo said...

Maybe 13 is lucky for some??? LOLOL
You never fail to amuse MZ

Pat Hatt said...

Can't win if you don't play, of course such a scary sight might make one want to cash in and run away.

Laurie Kolp said...

But how can you win if you never buy?

Claudia said...

def. think you should buy one..smiles

mrs mediocrity said...

ooh, ouch. this is fabulous.
against all odds, and there you have it.

Myrna R. said...

Keep buying the tickets. You never know when the jackpot is going to be yours. Loved this.

ayala said...

Great poem, Mama Zen. Always so wicked good!

turtlememoir said...

this poem (and we, the readers) got lucky anyway... ;) - love "won-the-lottery lust to be
stale as last night's beer."

Mark Windham said...

'Won-the-lottery lust' damn.

Timoteo said...

Nice one, Mama...uh...Mama, uh...what did you say your name was again?

Helen said...

I know the winning numbers ~ they just never show up!!! Pass me a beer.

Quotes,Photos and a little Poetry said...

I got flash backs I use to live in Vegas. Good Job, Mama Zen
http://leah-jamielynn.typepad.com/blog/2012/04/only-god-knows.html

Margaret said...

I've NEVER bought one, but I've been tempted.
Went to RENO and gambled ... $10 (newly married... we had other things to do :)

hedgewitch said...

But...but...the next one might be the Big One!

Gambling has never worked out well for me either, I have to say--but then, maybe it depends on the game.

Heaven said...

I think I am unlucky in this too ~

Sylvia K said...

I love it! Lost the urge to even try though, years ago!!

Zouxzoux said...

Tell it, sista.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

There is an implied "Good" before Lucky. I've been there myself - went to bed with a young woman, woke up with a crone in a puddle of sweat or beer suds, can't recall which.

Well written truth Mama Z.

Natasha Head said...

Can't take over the world with poetry if we have no coin to fund the army...oh, that's right...where doing just fine without it...fantastic weave!

Lolamouse said...

I guess for some people, it's better than waking up alone. I've always preferred my dogs to lottery lust!

Lolamouse said...

That didn't sound quite right--I mean for cuddling!

Laura said...

gotta wonder...but I've never been much of a gambler.

Anonymous said...

Love this one...it speaks so well to a chaotic heart. nice one mama.

Jebbi said...

Love this one...it speaks so well to a chaotic heart. nice one mama.

I didn't mean to be anonymous before lol

Beth Winter said...

oh, very clever and well done.

PattiKen said...

I love this, MZ! I gave up hoping to pick a winner in this particular lottery a long time ago. But you know what? If you go into it understanding it's not about the big win but the possibility of a big win, maybe you get your money's worth.

Besides as the NY Lotto guys say, "Hey,you never know."

Arron Shilling said...

you 've got to be in it to win it... heart break diffused by smarts and bite - V.cool mama

Fred Rutherford said...

Very cool. Love the use of lottery as the driving vehicle here. Great read MZ. thanks

Felt said...

Win high,
lose low.

Getting lucky is in the mind
of the begotten.

Semaphore said...

You have a way with words that make the most un-funny of situations... well... funny. I really enjoyed this one, though it may have had serious undertones.

happygirl said...

and I wonder if it's too late
to vacate
this crazy space
in my head
that keeps ignoring the odds
and buying a ticket.

We women can do this, yes. We think we can turn a sows ear into a silk purse. :)

janaki nagaraj said...

Nice one...this can get addictive.

manicddaily said...

Ha! Sounds like it is not too late. As always, wonderfully crisp tone. K.

manicddaily said...

Make that crisp/jaded. k.

Ginny Brannan said...

"Rolling over this morning,
I find myself face to face
with the unluckiest number..."

That's me in a nutshell! I don't even bother, 'cuz I know I'm NOT going to win!! Very clever!

Ella said...

Very clever! I rarely gamble, when it comes to dice type games. I do find 13 lucky though ;D
Well Done~

Susie Clevenger said...

Lottery lust...how creative. I was so young when I got married I never played the lottery. :)

Fireblossom said...

3 friends to score an 8. That's bad.

Mary said...

I never win anything no matter what, thus I have learned to pretty much ignore the lottery. If I invest nothing, I care nothing.

Charles Miller said...

Sometimes it's just better to stay home and read the funnies, no? :) Nicely done. I must have a lucky star or something, not to have had too many of these numbers, I think!

Tara R. said...

I've wondered the same thing... why it's allied getting lucky and how often do both people feel that way.

unsungpoet said...

Great metaphor...