Black Poetry : Russian Roulette: Beating The Odds

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  1. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Death is a liar and a cheat
    And he'll do anything
    To ensure your defeat

    Now, gambling with Death
    Is a game of chance already stacked
    Forfeiting the wins you've already racked
    Like shooting Craps against loaded dice
    You're "all in" and your very life..... is the price

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    Take, for example, Russian Roulette
    A cruel contest of shame and regret
    Bemoaning what you've done and wished you hadn't
    As well as what you hadn't and wished you had
    And everytime the chamber clicks
    Your heartbeat loses one more tick
    So, when Death performs his double-crossing trick
    You're left only one last leg with which to kick
    And so, you realize
    That in order to increase your chances
    Before the last bullet, through the barrell, advances
    That you've got to change your choices
    As the ringing of Death's laughter voices
    His utter contempt for your dismissal
    And so, you point the gun,
    Listening to the last round's eerie whistle......

    That richochets through his brain
    Because what was your "chance" to die
    Became your "choice" to live.
     
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    queentswana Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    No matter how full the gun,
    if it past you by...then you're not the one.
    and no matter how many corners you burn
    that bullet won't miss you, ...if it's your turn.

    Great piece poet, enjoyed the read.​
     
  3. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    So true. So true. And thank you for the read and flowback!

    But, Russian Roulette is a game of death with no winners, only losers. My piece is speaking of suicide. And, sadly, it has taken a rise amongst Blacks. This action has been largely attributed to Whites but it happens with many Black youth and adults as well.

    The topic of suicide is socially/culturally treated as taboo. Nobody wants to talk about it. We sweep it under the rug like a dirty secret.

    But there are some Black people who have "played" with Russian Roulette.

    It's a "game" of lost hope
    And the fight and will to cope.
     
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    I've known my share of people
    who have made that choice of suicide.
    It's a sad fact that one would choose
    a permanent solution to a temporary
    situation. Life is ever-changing & evolving
    It is about growth and growth sometimes
    include pain & tough times.
    Unfortunately, for some
    they can't see pass tomorrow.

    Because what was your "chance" to die
    Became your "choice" to live.


    Poignant piece, Cherry.

    Flow on.

    epiphany:heart:
     
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    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Thank you, Sister Epiphany.

    Yes, it's a shattering thing.

    A few years ago, a 10 year old little girl in my church committed suicide.

    My very soul ached for a child who thought that her life was too much to bear.
     
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