Treasure Island

Jason Caporaletti

(Palo Alto, California)

The Gambler and the Watcher


The Gambler steps forward and antes what's due,
He sees what he can and guesses the rest.
The Watcher steps back for a better view,
he sees all the cards and knows what is best.

The Watcher can see the predictable end,
but he can't take advantage, he's not in the game.
Risk and reward are the Gambler's friends,
he'll put faith in chance to win fortune and fame.

The Gambler's excitement stems from the unknown,
he raises the tension with his bets and bluffs.
The Watcher observes from the sidelines alone,
he wants to see all and it's never enough.

In knowledge and vision the Watcher takes pride,
he knows that the Gambler will soon face defeat.
On instinct the Gambler takes one more bold stride,
he knows not the meaning of safe or discreet.

The Gambler's life has its peaks and its lows,
he lives for the moment, the rush, and the fun
The Watcher is calm since he already knows
that the Gambler will lose when the hand is all done.

The Watcher's life is both steady and stable,
he's content with his place and is never let down.
Understanding the Watcher, the Gambler's unable,
he can't call it life when it's in the background.

The Gambler gets a miraculous break,
his boldness causes the others to fold.
The Watcher is shocked that he made a mistake,
as he witnesses something he hadn't foretold.

The Watcher's upset at what he just saw,
the event goes against what he sees and he knows.
The Gambler knows not of the Watcher's false laws,
he simply lives life and forward he goes.

The Gambler's reward makes him proud of himself,
deluded by luck into thinking he's something.
The Watcher moves on to observe something else,
like always, just watching at least costs him nothing.

Submitted: Monday, February 21, 2011
Edited: Friday, April 15, 2011

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