Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Poem of the Week - Gambler (14 June, 2011)

Poets United is all about Community.  We wish to celebrate and acknowledge individual poets who are part of this group.  This week's poem of the week  is  Gambler which is written by Andy McDonald, a poet from York, North Yorkshire, UK who writes some interesting poetry.

Gambler can be found at

The gambler likes to risk it
On the rolling of the die
He will place it on a number
With odds of one in thirty five

His last dollar
He will risk it
Even though life will be hard
Because there's nothing more enchating
Than the turning of a card

No this enchantment is not beauty
It's not love that gamblers see
It's the feelilng
The adrenaline
That fuels this mans disease

He may go hungry, may get thinner
But he does it and he's pleased
It's the meal he wants to hear
That drives his hunger of disease

"Ladies and Gentlemen we have a Winner!?
"Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!"

The craving hunger now it leaves
But will return when hunger pleads
The gambler will return to the casino
It is the home of his disease

Thanks, Andy, for being an active participant in Poets United.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this week’s selection. Each week we select a poem from one of our members which we feel is a wonderful read. It is the poetry penned by our members and their willingness to share that is the core of our community. If you enjoyed reading this poem we can guarantee there will be many more like it so be sure to stop by next week and read the poem that has been selected for your reading pleasure.

By Mary Kling, for Poets United, author of the blog In the Corner of My Eye


  1. Good pick, Mary. Important topic, Andy - and so well expressed.

  2. Thank you everyone. What can I say more than that? This poem was based on a phase I went through that I thankfully overcame. :-D

  3. Andy is a depthful poet. I always enjoy his writing.

  4. What a wonderful Poetry forum that you have here.
    I really enjoyed The Gambler.
    Thank you for visiting....Galen

  5. this poem is a winner!
    ack, i couldn't help it. love your writing, andy.

  6. Well done Andy!

    Another great pick Mary.