“Gamblers Hands” by Carl “Papa” Palmer

“To my father, now rolling those dice in Heaven. Happy birthday, dad (April 19th).” ~ Carl “Papa” Palmer

Gamblers Dice

Gamblers Hands

My ring and middle fingers are the same length,
showing me the open cupped palm of his left hand.
I have the hands of a gambler. You have them, too.

Knowledge passes from father to son at the kitchen
table as he picks up four dice and hands me a pair.

His lesson begins:

Opposite sides of each cube add up to seven:
one and six   two and five   three and four 

Always curl a six with your little finger, picking up
a dice cube in his right hand holding the six on top.

Sliding a six guarantees you’ll never crap out,
explaining an instant loss occurs with the roll of
two or three, losing both your bet and turn to shoot.

With the solid six all you need is a one or five for
the instant win, Seven Come Eleven or another
six called Boxcars which pays the shooter double.

Shake the other dice in your hand against the held
six, sounds like you’re rattling them both for luck.

This won’t work at a casino tossing dice off the
far wall of a crap table, but on a pool table at
any bar you’ll make more than running the rack.

Practice until you can win when you want, but
show you can be the  occasional good loser, too. 

Win often enough it looks like luck, use their
money to generously buy the next round of beer.
It takes talent to be a winner, not just with dice.


Authors Bio:

Carl “Papa” Palmer of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway, Virginia, lives in University Place, Washington. He is retired from the military and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enjoying life now as “Papa” to his grand descendants and being a Franciscan Hospice volunteer. Carl is a Pushcart Prize and Micro Award nominee.
MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever!


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Christyl aka Chrissy Lorraine

Christyl aka Chrissy Lorraine is an artist and writer who crochets, gardens, draws, paints, and composes under a variety of pen names, each one specific to a particular genre: Amarine Rose Ravenwood is for her feminine poetry - Saoirse Fae is for her fairy tales and fairy-tale poetry - Mina Marial Nicoli is for her children's stories and poetry - and Phoebe Grant is for her light horror fairy tales and her darker, Halloween-type poetry. Preteen and teenage fantasy fiction are under Chrissy Lorraine. She is also the owner/publisher of The Literary Librarian - an e-zine dedicated to publishing poetry and interviews with various poets and authors from around the world.

5 thoughts on ““Gamblers Hands” by Carl “Papa” Palmer”

  1. Dear Carl,

    I guess I didn’t notice this opportunity for commenting when reading this wonderful poem before. I know I had to confirm that I was willing to receive comments so maybe I didn’t have the ability to share comments until I was published. This is such a creative piece. I learned something new about dice. Wishing you sevens, elevens and boxcars. Thank you for referring me to this wonderful journal.


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  2. I was at my fathers grave yesterday and the knowledge they pass to us in their own way sometimes only understood when we are adults. This may just be the best written words of understanding this year.!! The young does not always do as they are told. Then they are an adult, and this is a prime example. Outstanding Message To All.!!!!

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